A New Approach to Predict the COVID -19 Risk Among Patients

Kaiser Permanente researchers and physicians developed a new assessment tool to guide the clinicians during the emergency. The article published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine presented that the tool offers direction for the right care at the right time and predicts the probability for disease severity.

Adam Sharp reported, “with upsurging of COVID-19 cases, it is important for physicians to be organized and have proper guidance to address the urgency and make quick decisions for hospitalizations of COVID victims.”

Dr. Sharp designed a risk assessment tool that determined the critical patient outcomes concerning multiple patient variables without any laboratory procedure.       

The tool is known as COVAS score; it addresses the comorbidities, obesity, age, vital signs, and gender-linked with an electronic health record. This connection allows the doctors at any center to manage the patient’s conditions effectively. Dr. Sharp stated, “ the tool showed a positive response by reassuring low-risk patients and alternatively encouraging the high-risk patient to receive care for quick recovery within seven days.”

A retrospective study conducted in Kaiser Permanente hospital of Southern California over viewed 26 600 patients at a time for high COVID-19 prevalence. The finding showed that the tool guided the professional to vividly identify the COVID symptoms such as fever, cough, difficulty in breathing, and fatigue, especially those at great risk.

Previously, the hospital focused on treating hospitalized patients without considering the inpatient setting. Hence, employing this tool facilitates the doctors with urgent decisions related to patients’ symptoms and provides useful information about the care decisions, particularly during surges, when hospital capacity can be limited.

Effective measures and developing tools are a blessing in disguise to control clinical errors in chaos.

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