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Impact of technology on community nursing during the pandemic

02 March 2021
Volume 26 · Issue 3


The purpose of this article is critical analysis, reflection and discussion in regards to the uses and impacts technology has had in community settings, specifically care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be investigated and supported with special emphasis on virtual assessment platforms and their use within the care homes settings, furthermore reviewing specific data collected in relation to the usage within community care homes. The article will outline the positive attributes and critically reflect upon the benefits of using audio and video conferencing when assessing patients and the beneficial impacts this has had on patients and the wider health community. While conversely addressing the obstacles and threats faced by clinicians in the use of assessment software.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been described by Vannabouathong et al (2020) as the largest and most rapidly spreading threat to global health since the Spanish flu of 1918, which is estimated to have killed over 50 million people. Fauci et al (2020) reported the disease as a global, life-threatening viral infection affecting the respiratory, gastrointestinal and neurological systems. There is minimal literature that can specifically define all characteristics of the virus, as its epidemiological characterisation remains in the nascent stage. In a study discussing genetic mutation, Grubaugh et al (2020) described the SARS-CoV-2 virus as causing ever-changing infection, and they further suggested there is no cure. In their recent article for Lancet Infectious Diseases, Baud et al (2020) reported that the global mortality rates from March to May 2020 increased by 5.7% solely due to the virus.

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