Community virtual ward platform for COPD patients

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A community virtual ward platform to support individuals with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is now offered as an alternate pathway to inpatient COPD care in Donegal.

Ten patients were selected and admitted to the virtual ward for remote monitoring and optimisation of the existing care plan. The results were early identification of exacerbation through respiratory rate monitoring with patients subsequently receiving treatment sooner.

Mandy Doyle, Head of Primary Care, Community Healthcare Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo noted that the programme demonstrated how “… new technological improvements and innovations can positively impact on the patient experience of healthcare.”