Helena, 54 years

Helena is a 54-year-old self-employed person with three children, a husband and a dog. She was admitted to the virtual ward for two weeks for treatment of pneumonia. Although she has an active lifestyle, with regular training in the form of tennis, squash and long dog walks, during the period of illness she became very weak and experienced the possibility of care at home with support from the family as extremely important.

Flu symptoms and high fever‍

Helena started her illness journey with flu symptoms and a high fever. After her condition worsened, she sought treatment at the City Emergency at Hötorget. Blood tests showed an abnormally high CRP (infection value) of 200, where it should normally be below 3. The doctors at Cityakuten recommended further investigation and x-rays at St. Göran's Hospital, where a diagnosis of pneumonia was made and a course of antibiotics was started. Helena was offered care in the virtual ward and was transferred to home, where treatment continued.​​​​

Change/adjustment of antibiotics​​

Treatment initially included three days of intravenous antibiotics. In the virtual ward, Helena herself measured her vital parameters and the values were monitored digitally by nursing staff. Ambulatory healthcare staff performed additional examinations and prescribed antibiotics at home. After some time, it was noted that the antibiotic treatment did not have the effect that was hoped for and bacterial cultures showed the need for other treatment. The doctor in charge then decided to change the type of antibiotic to a more targeted one that gave the desired effect.​​

Closeness to the children​​

Helena said that the possibility of hospital care at home was appreciated by the whole family where especially the children, could feel safe by seeing her health condition improve. During the period of illness, Helena was weak and had difficulty staying awake and engaging in activities. Despite this, it was a comfort to be able to rest at home with the family constantly present‍.

Recommends the form of care​​

Helena, who previously did not know about the possibility of care in the virtual department, recommends the care to others. The team at the virtual department are very grateful that Helena took the time to meet and share her experiences. We appreciate all kinds of feedback about the working methods we use and are constantly working hard on