Nursing care for hospitalized patients in COVID-19 units

Enferm Clin. 2021 Feb;31 Suppl 1:S49-S54. doi: 10.1016/j.enfcli.2020.05.016. Epub 2020 May 23.
[Article in English, Spanish]


Since the SARS-CoV-2 was announced on March 11 in 2020, most of people, professional healthcare, scientists, technical personnel and managers included, have been developing protocols, procedures, guides, technical reports to orient an adequate attention in this health emergency due to the COVID-19. The shortage bibliography about nursing care in this pandemic is the reason to develop a useful clinical protocol to attend to the higher number of adult patients who were admitted at Hospitalization Units adapted to patient with COVID-19. For that reason, the aim of this document is to provide recommendations to the clinical practice and that way, helping to protocolize the care in adult patients admitted in COVID-19 Hospitalization Units, based in standards of the literature or the most current experience in front of this new pandemic.

Keywords: COVID-19; Clinical protocols; Cuidados de enfermería; Hospitalización; Hospitalization; Nursing care; Pandemia; Pandemics; Protocolos clínicos; SARS-CoV-2.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • COVID-19 / drug therapy
  • COVID-19 / epidemiology
  • COVID-19 / nursing*
  • COVID-19 / transmission
  • Clinical Deterioration
  • Clinical Protocols*
  • Family
  • Hospital Units / organization & administration*
  • Hospitalization*
  • Humans
  • Hydrotherapy / methods
  • Hydrotherapy / nursing
  • Infectious Disease Transmission, Patient-to-Professional / prevention & control
  • Oxygen Inhalation Therapy / methods
  • Oxygen Inhalation Therapy / nursing
  • Palliative Care
  • Pandemics
  • Patient Discharge
  • Patient Isolation / organization & administration
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Rest
  • SARS-CoV-2*
  • Social Support
  • Symptom Assessment / methods
  • Symptom Assessment / nursing

Supplementary concepts

  • COVID-19 drug treatment