Adult Primary Care (APC) COVID-19 Guidance for Health Workers in Primary Health Care Facilities - 2020

Adult Primary Care (APC) COVID-19 Guidance for Health Workers in Primary Health Care Facilities - 2020

Adult Primary Care (APC) COVID-19 Guidance for Health Workers in Primary Health Care Facilities - 2020

The Adult Primary Care (APC) COVID-19 Guidance for health workers in primary health care facilities provides a comprehensive approach to the primary care of COVID-19 patients. It has been developed using approved clinical policies and guidelines issued by the National Department of Health and is intended for use by all health care practitioners working at primary care level in South Africa as a clinical decision-making tool.

This new version is aligned with version 5 of NDoH/NICD Clinical Management of Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 (24 Aug 2020) and the PHC STG/EML, 2018 with an emphasis on antimicrobial stewardship. Expanded content and updates include:

  • Generic guidance for a ‘selective/prioritised testing approach’ as well as a ‘routine testing approach’
  • Management of a patient with COVID-19 symptoms who is not eligible for a test
  • Emphasis on care of diabetic patients
  • Symptom-based approaches to cough, throat, fever, headache, diarrhoea and body pain
  • Updated isolation and quarantine durations
  • Updated HCW exposure algorithms
  • Palliative and end-of life care guidance for COVID-19 patient
  • Guidance on safe handling of the deceased COVID-19 patient
  • Guidance on correctly completing a death certificate
Type
Guides/Guidelines
Topic
Communicable Diseases, Primary Health Care
Communicable Diseases
Language
English
Publisher
National Department of Health
Year
2020