Sick without coronavirus
Thousands of people with different diseases, throughout our geography, have found themselves in the distressing situation of not knowing what to do. Both public and private hospitals are collapsed, almost mostly, by patients with coronavirus. Being places where affected patients concentrate, it is scary to go to a consultation, either in a hospital or a health center, for fear of getting it.
What about patients who had scheduled treatments like surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, etc.? It is difficult to establish a general recommendation since each case is individual. If you are one of the affected patients, it is most likely that they have already contacted you from each of the responsible services.
In general, diagnostic tests or treatments that can be delayed are being left for when the most acute phase of the pandemic passes. Telephone inquiries are made for reviews and, only in exceptional cases, it is necessary to go to the hospital in person. Note that patients with this type of disease are of particular risk In case they are affected by coronavirus infection and the place where they can best be is isolated in their homes and away from contact with other people or in a health center.
Special circuits have also been created for those situations that cannot wait. The patients are seen with all the security measures so that they do not become infected, both they and the health personnel. If they have to do a test, try to do them all the same day of the consultation, to save visits to the hospital and generally accompanied by a single person.
Emergency operating rooms
Surgical activity has been greatly reduced in large hospitals but an operating room is still maintained for cases that cannot be delayed or for emergencies. An ICU bed is also reserved for these types of patients. Don't be afraid, if you have appendicitis you will have surgery.
It gives the paradox that consultations in the emergency room, different from those related to coronavirus infection, have been reduced. We have always shown that the emergency services are overloaded by cases that should not go to them. Well now people no longer go for any free circumstance, for the account that you have.
Regarding primary care, the majority of cases they attend are related to the pandemic. Inquiries that can be made by phone. In health centers, where possible, different circuits have also been established for patients related to infection and those who are not. During home visits, all security measures are maintained when available (gloves, masks, gowns, etc.). It is worth noting the work of solidarity taxi drivers who, disinterestedly, if requested, transfer health personnel to their homes.
What about prescription drugs for those with chronic treatments like insulin, antihypertensive drugs, etc? For those who have normal recipes or the electronic recipe, expiration has been increased beyond the usual period automatically, or expanded by telephone consultation. The same goes for MUFACE recipes. In case of not being able to go to the pharmacy, due to some impediment, many pharmaceutical schools have organized a system of dispensing at home, so that no one is left without their medication.
Take care, There is less time for confinement. Stay home to protect yourself and others. Exit with mask and gloves. Don't be careless. Remember that many people who can infect you do not have any symptoms and do not appear to be able to.