More than 70 patients who were tested for COVID-19
at Memorialís respiratory screening clinic this month at 2950 S.
Sixth St. in Springfield received kits from Memorial Home Medical
Equipment with devices to monitor blood-oxygen levels, heartbeat,
temperature and lung function.
ďThe kits give us some more insight to ensure that patientsí
symptoms donít worsen,Ē Kimberly Paskiewicz, Memorial Health System
administrator of special services, said.
The kits include a peak-flow meter to measure lung function, a
spirometer to exercise the lungs, an inhaler, a battery-powered
pulse oximeter and, for patients who donít have one at home, a
thermometer, according to Lori Valentine, system director for
durable medical goods.
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Along with the kits, patients receive an instruction
pamphlet with space to record equipment readings.
The kits already have assisted health care providers following up by
phone in deciding whether patients needed care in a hospital or
could safely continue to recover at home, Paskiewicz said.
Some patients also received the at-home kits after being evaluated
for mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms in the emergency departments
of hospitals operated by the health system in Springfield, Decatur,
Jacksonville, Taylorville and Lincoln, she said.
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