Impact of SARS-CoV-2 transmission-based precautions on inpatient management of general medical patients

Hayley Stratton, Paul Buntine, Reginald Bo Ren Ng, Joy Jiayu Fu, Neetima Joshi, Gary Yip, Stephen Guy, Roy Chean, Evan Newnham, Jillian S.Y. Lau

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This audit reviewed the impact on access to routine medical care and adverse outcomes in patients with suspected SARS-CoV-2 infection managed on a ‘COVID-19’ (CV) ward compared with a general medicine ward at Box Hill Hospital, Victoria. Data were collected at two time points to capture changes associated with onsite testing. We found no healthcare delays from admission to CV wards and observed faster exits from CV wards with improved testing efficiency. This critical finding is relevant as Victoria manages a third wave of infections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)859-863
Number of pages5
JournalInternal Medicine Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2022


  • delay
  • general medicine
  • healthcare
  • infection prevention
  • SARS-CoV-2

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