OBJECTIVE: A computerized system of telephone consultation has been experimented at the Pediatric Emergency Department (ED) of Policlinico Gemelli Hospital in Rome during the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty monothematic items with a series of questions to evaluate child’s clinical conditions have been set up in order to evaluate the different situations according to their severity. All items were highlighted according to conventional scores corresponding to the different answers (yes/no) given by the child’s parents. This system has been implemented with large diffusion of computer programs and applications by the availability of a computer station in every ED room.
RESULTS: The system allows healthcare workers to establish the medical check-up urgency which may be immediate, within the next 24 hours or scheduled in the pediatric ward. Therefore, it has been implemented a telephone triage consultation with a standardized method.
CONCLUSIONS: Telephone consultation during outbreaks, considering the risks of contagion, allows healthcare workers to decrease the concern of families and to reduce indiscriminate access to ED. The remote approach will not solve logistic and setting problems related to COVID-19 outbreak17, but it would be a valid tool to improve medical evaluation without deep change in infrastructure and clinical organization.
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S. Ferretti, A. Gatto, V. Pansini, A. Curatola, L. Capossela, V. Currò, A. Chiaretti
Telephone consultation during Coronavirus outbreak in a Pediatric Emergency Department: methodological approach of a tertiary care center in a COVID-19 hospital setting
Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Vol. 24 - N. 21