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A recommended management plan for coronavirus disease 2019–positive geriatric patients based in South African old age homes

Christina Eleftheriades
South African Family Practice | Vol 63, No 1 : Part 1| a5222 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/safp.v63i1.5222 | © 2021 Christina Eleftheriades | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 September 2020 | Published: 08 February 2021

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Christina Eleftheriades, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa


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Abstract

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has had a profound impact on elderly patients, and thus, adequate treatment plans are essential. This qualitative report provides recommendations for the supportive care and treatment of residents in long-term care facilities (LTCF) with COVID-19. A treatment protocol was developed in response to an outbreak of COVID-19 in an LTCF based in Johannesburg and was implemented over a 3-month period.

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family medicine; COVID-19; frail care; transitional care; geriatrics

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