Safe at Home
Mary Washington Healthcare has developed a “safe at home” program
for patients with COVID-19 who are experiencing moderate symptoms and
are well enough to go home with special treatment and monitoring. This
program allows Mary Washington Healthcare to partner with you and your
family, to monitor your care plan as you recuperate. This program has
shown better clinical results, better patient satisfaction and better
cost savings for you than a traditional inpatient stay.
After careful review of your medical records and current symptoms, you
may be identified as a candidate for this program, which will allow you
to recover in the comfort of your own home with necessary medications,
equipment, and medical attention.
If you are selected for this program, when you are discharged from the
hospital, your care team will give you a digital thermometer, a pulse
oximeter, a simple device that clips to your fingertip to measure the
level of oxygen in your blood, as well as oxygen therapy to help maintain
your oxygen levels.
A nurse will call you every day for seven days to monitor how you are feeling.
You will also have up to two virtual appointments with a local physician
to ensure your recovery is on track. Please note that video and telephone
appointments are billed to your insurance, just as an in-person appointment
Finally, we will schedule a follow-up appointment for you with a Mary Washington
Primary Care physician within two weeks to review your progress and answer
Is this safe?
Yes, this model has been adopted by many health systems across the country.
Your physician will review your medical records and test results to determine
that you will benefit from this care plan.
What happens if I get worse?
A nurse will call daily to monitor your symptoms and answer any questions
or concerns you or your loved ones may have. If your condition worsens,
you will have a virtual visit with a Mary Washington Hospital provider.
The provider can make changes to your at-home care plan, including medication
management and increased oxygen therapies. If you are not responding to
these interventions, you will be advised to return to the hospital.
Can I call the Health Link Nurse Line at any time?
The Nurse Line, 540.741.1000, is available seven days a week from 7:00
a.m. to midnight. You can speak with a nurse anytime between those hours.
If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please call 911.