testing at Covid-19 facilities prior to discharge, and patients will be advised to follow home isolation for seven days. The policy is aligned with the guidelines on the three-tier Covid-19 facilities and the categorisation of patients based on clinical severity.
In moderate Covid-19 cases, patients will undergo monitoring of body temperature and oxygen saturation. If the fever resolves within three days, and the patient maintains saturation above 95 per cent for the next four days without oxygen support, such patients will be discharged after 10 days of symptom onset in case of:
Absence of fever without antipyretics
Resolution of breathlessness
No oxygen requirement
But in case the oxygen saturation dips below 95 per cent before discharge, the patient will be moved to a Dedicated Covid-19 Health Centre (DCHC).
"After discharge from the facility, if the patient again develops symptoms of fever, cough or breathing difficulty, the patent has been advised to contact the Covid-19 care centre or state helpline as the patient's health will again be followed up through teleconference on 14th day," the policy stated.
For patients with severe cases, the discharge criteria will be based on clinical recovery, and if patient tests negative once by RT-PCR after resolution of symptoms.
The total number of coronavirus
cases in India has surged to 59,765 and death toll stands at 1,986.