New Corona Priority given to severely ill patients Discharge criteria for discharge approval April 4 5:54
With the number of new coronavirus infections soaring in Tokyo and elsewhere, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has decided to ease the criteria for allowing patients with improved symptoms to be discharged to prioritize treatment of severely ill patients.
In areas where the number of people infected with the new coronavirus is rapidly increasing, such as in Tokyo, the supply of medical care is tightening, and a government expert meeting will give priority to treating severely ill patients in a recommendation issued on January 1. He pointed out that people with mild symptoms should also consider treating at home or in accommodation.
In response, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has decided to reduce the criteria for allowing persons with improved symptoms to be discharged from hospital, and has begun examining specifics.
According to current standards, a person who has no fever of 37 degrees 5 minutes or more for 24 hours and whose respiratory symptoms are improving has been discharged if the virus test is negative twice in a row.
Regarding this, members of the expert meeting will discuss interviews with not only moving patients to homes and accommodations, etc., when symptoms have resolved to some extent, but also reducing the number of tests required or eliminating tests The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has decided to formulate new standards based on these ideas.