The successful development and implementation of an off campus triage system during the COVID-19 pandemic in Guangdong, China

  • Ri-hua Xie Department of Nursing, The Seventh Affiliated Hospital of Southern Medical University, Foshan, Guangdong, China; and General Practice Center, The Seventh Affiliated Hospital of Southern Medical University, Foshan, Guangdong, China
  • Yanfang Chen Department of Nursing, The Seventh Affiliated Hospital of Southern Medical University, Foshan, Guangdong, China
  • Ziyu Xiong Department of Nursing, The Seventh Affiliated Hospital of Southern Medical University, Foshan, Guangdong, China
  • Jie Wang Department of Nursing, The Seventh Affiliated Hospital of Southern Medical University, Foshan, Guangdong, China
  • Lepeng Zhou Department of Nursing, The Seventh Affiliated Hospital of Southern Medical University, Foshan, Guangdong, China
  • Ning Li General Practice Center, The Seventh Affiliated Hospital of Southern Medical University, Foshan, Guangdong, China; and Department of Pediatric, The Seventh Affiliated Hospital of Southern Medical University, Foshan, Guangdong, China
  • Smita Pakhale Division of Respiratory, The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; and School of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • D William Cameron Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; School of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; and Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Daniel Krewski School of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; and McLaughlin Centre for Population Health Risk Assessment, University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Shi Wu Wen Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; School of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; and Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Keywords: COVID-19, off-campus triage system, staff training, infection control, management research

Abstract

To deal with the public health crisis caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, we developed an off campus triage system at entry points to the outpatient, emergency, and inpatient departments. To enhance this off campus triage system, we implemented intensive staff training and made detailed triage plans with a timely referral. Of the 85,414 patients/visitors who visited The Seventh Affiliated Hospital of Southern Medical University, one of the government-designated hospitals to triage-suspected COVID-19 patients between January 22 and March 10, 2020, 359 patients were triaged to the COVID-19 fever clinic and 1,218 were triaged to the general fever clinic; 187 were suspected of COVID-19 infection and quarantined; and four cases of COVID-19 were confirmed and referred. During the outbreak, no inhospital infection and no complaint from patients and their family members occurred, and up to September 10, 2020, no new cases of COVID-19 in this hospital or its catchment area were detected. The off campus triage system is an effective approach to improve the detection of COVID-19 infection and reduce inhospital cross infection.

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Published
2021-07-30
How to Cite
Xie, R.- hua, Chen, Y., Xiong, Z., Wang, J., Zhou, L., Li, N., Pakhale, S., Cameron, D. W., Krewski, D., & Wen, S. W. (2021). The successful development and implementation of an off campus triage system during the COVID-19 pandemic in Guangdong, China. International Journal of Infection Control, 17(1). https://doi.org/10.3396/ijic.v17.20918
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