Healthcare firm offers home services for patients

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 23) – A local healthcare firm offers home services for medical patients challenged by high hospital admissions due to the surge in COVID-19 cases.

Ronin Emergency Medical Services teams can assess the health status of its patients by visiting them at their homes, the company's business development head Louie Ocampo told CNN Philippines on Friday.

"Home care is another option that patients can avail. Hospital services like placing dextrose or getting oxygen, as advised by a doctor, can be offered in their homes," said Ocampo.

Ocampo explained that doctors, through teleconsultation, will coordinate with their medical teams on the needs of the patients. He said each telemedicine session costs around ₱2,000.

"If the patient needs ECG (electrocardiogram) test, our team will provide it. If he/she needs an x-ray machine, the portable x-ray machine will be brought to the patient's home," said Ocampo.

Ocampo also cited ultrasound and blood extraction as among the most common home medical services offered by Ronin for their patients.

Ronin EMS can also attend to mild COVID-19 patients at home, Ocampo assured, where its team will visit the patient once and allow him/her to rent the equipment needed like oxygen tanks.

The Ronin EMS teams will also teach household members, who are with a COVID-19 patient, the protocols on how to prevent virus transmission such as isolation procedures, proper wearing of personal protective equipment, and the use of devices like oximeter.

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COVID-19 tests like swab, rapid antigen, and nasal are being offered too by Ronin EMS. Ocampo said customers can request for "unmarked" vehicles if they want privacy for testing in their homes.

"If they want the testing to be discreet, we may bring unmarked vehicles and our teams will wear their PPE before entering and leaving their houses. We coordinate first with household members to give us a place where our teams can wear their PPEs," said Ocampo.

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