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Bringing nursing care into the home

Shanghai’s health authorities released a list of 42 in-home nursing services yesterday.

They include treating wounds, giving injections, monitoring blood glucose levels, taking blood samples, thermal therapy, enemas, guasha skin-scraping — also known as spooning or coining — and baby care, according to the Shanghai Health Commission.

A notification released in February created a trial program allowing people to make appointments online for in-home nursing services in Shanghai, Beijing and Tianjin and the provinces of Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Guangdong, long a gray area in the health-care system.

The trial will be conducted at some medical institutions in Changning, Putuo and Jing’an districts and the Pudong New Area to establish a management system and standards that suit the city, according to the commission.

The program’s in-home services cover specific care, chronic disease management, TCM nursing, rehabilitation care, maternal-child nursing and palliative care. The primary targets are elderly people with disabilities, those convalescing from hospital treatment or surgery and new mothers.

Nurses providing the services will have at least five years of clinical experience.

Institutions should establish a management system to ensure quality and safety, the commission said, along with ensuring privacy and a risk-prevention system.

They should make comprehensive assessment of the disease and health demands of applicants before providing such services.


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