Why Active Immediate Monitoring Of COVID-19 Can Save Lives And How To Make It Happen?
The coronavirus SARS-CoV-19 is a disease that affects each individual’s body in a different way. When a person is suffering from COVID their health becomes unpredictable and can fluctuate at any time. How much a person’s health will be affected is determined by physical factors such as age, weight and existing health conditions. Generally, individuals who stay healthy, exercise and don’t have medical issues such as hypertension or diabetes, do well in their recovery cycle and beat the disease faster.
On the other hand, if a person’s health is already deteriorating or the person does not follow healthy habits, their recovery from the disease can be a roller coaster ride. Complications in a patient’s health conditions can arise, disappear and reappear at any stage. Hence, there arises a need to keep coronavirus patients under surveillance, as to keep a check of their health. Monitoring COVID patients is also necessary because in the case of emergency a healthcare professional needs to intervene immediately and make the patient stable.
What is the need to monitor COVID-19 positive individuals?
Healthcare professionals usually keep a close eye on the health status of COVID patients. This is because COVID affects the long-term wellbeing of delicate internal organs. It can cause lung infections that can sustain throughout the patient’s life or myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscles that affects the blood flow in the heart, the damage of which is non reversible to an extent. Also, such a heart problem can go undiscovered if not diagnosed with proper tools, especially when the patient is asymptomatic.
The severity of health issues makes it essential for COVID positive patients to be under constant monitoring. Several tools and technologies are used to accomplish this task. Bedside ultrasound and point of care ultrasound(POCUS) are two of the technologies at the forefront of global COVID battle.
How are COVID patients monitored?
Most COVID patients who are well enough to be quarantined at home are monitored through a remote monitoring system or telemonitoring system. Here, the patient is given a tracking tablet, or a similar device that can keep a track of the patient’s vital signs and report to the patient if something is affecting their health. Body scanning technologies are also employed while monitoring COVID patients. Ultrasound, CT and MRI are used to do health check-ups of COVID patients, as per the requirement.
Within these technologies, ultrasound is the primarily used technology that a doctor uses to monitor the patient’s health. HD ultrasounds, like the technology used at MediScan, are highly effective in diagnosing internal organs that might have been affected by COVID-19. It is also able to monitor the patient’s vital signs and points out abnormalities.
Why is ultrasound essential to monitor COVID patients?
Ultrasound is a revolutionary technology that can give an immediate diagnosis of an internal issue in the body. When a person is suffering from COVID-19 and is symptomatic, bedside ultrasound is regularly used to scanthe critical organs in the body like the heart, for damage. It not only saves the patient from trouble of going through rigorous physical examinations, but also limits the number of doctors being exposed to the virus.
Bedside ultrasound is also effective in interventions like fluid drainage or vascular access. Lung infections can be accurately identified and treated with the help of ultrasound. It can identify irregularities or thickening in the lungs, fluid build-up and the spread of damagefrom the lungs to the heart. Moreover, it can also diagnose other organs like ovaries, the abdominal region and the brain.
Early diagnosis of critical issues can help in curing them with ease. Issues like internal organ damage or trauma, if ignored or unseen for a long time can lead to the permanent damage and mortality.
How can early diagnosis save lives?
Coronavirus produces mild to no symptoms in more than half the patients and in rest, the disease takes a critical form. In both cases, it is necessary to diagnose the patient and search for possible damage in the organs like lungs or the heart on priority. Even mild cases can take a severe form after a point of time, and in critical cases the patient needs to be stabilized as soon as possible. Earlier the intervention, more is the chance of the patient making a full recovery. In cases of emergency, only quick action can save lives. Hence, technologies like ultrasound play such an important role in saving a patient’s life.
At MediScan the safety and recovery of patients is the only goal. Our HD ultrasound is effective in making a diagnosis of the patient under 10 seconds with a hundred percent accuracy. Such efficient intervention minimizes the damage caused to a patient while ensuring that the right steps are taken to save the patient’s life. Even after the treatment, our HD ultrasound helps in ensuring that the patient hasn’t sustained long-term damage to critical organs. And, in case they have, it provides one the best recovery monitoring options.