An innovative program has been established at the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center (UM BWMC) to treat patients suffering from long-term effects of COVID-19 after receiving treatment in the intensive care unit.
Housed in the Transitional Care Center on the UM BWMC campus, the COVID-19 Recovery Program combines the expertise of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Primary Care teams.
While no longer COVID-19 positive or in need of hospital-level care, these patients still suffer from a variety of lingering symptoms, like fatigue, cardiac and respiratory complications, and mental health issues. They have persistent difficulties returning to activities of daily living and need additional care and support. Some experience debilitating symptoms for months after testing negative.
The inpatient critical care team identifies hospitalized COVID-19 patients who will need follow-up care after they are discharged from UM BWMC. As a part of the COVID-19 Recovery Program, patients are evaluated for ongoing oxygen needs, lung function, new or ongoing chronic health conditions, mental health concerns and socioeconomic needs. The care team then develops a customized treatment plan to address each health factor. Appointments consist of a private, one-hour visit with specialists and regular follow-up appointments as needed.
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