Cedars-Sinai Study: Outpatient Care Safe For Most COVID-19 Patients

October 12, 2020

CBS News - Los Angeles

Cedars-Sinai reported Monday that the majority of patients who were treated and sent home to recuperate after visiting the hospital’s emergency department with suspected COVID-19 symptoms recovered within a week.

None of the patients deemed fit to go home died from the virus and fewer than 1% required care in the intensive care unit, according to the hospital, which published the findings in the Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians Open.

“When the pandemic began, there was minimal evidence to guide us as to who should be hospitalized and who could be sent home,” Dr. Sam Torbati, co-chair and medical director of the Ruth and Harry Roman Emergency Department, said. “In real time, we began developing our criteria for who needed hospitalization for monitoring, intensive care and who could recover at home. And this study shows our patients received the appropriate level of care.”

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