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People return to medical consultations little by little, but are still 'scared' by the coronavirus


Sanitariums doubt there is a bottleneck, as predicted. And they alert for the missed consultations.- Coronavirus in Argentina: another 120 deaths and 4,625 new cases confirmed in the last 24 hours

Vanesa Lopez

11/23/2020 7:52 PM

  • Clarí

  • Society

Updated 11/23/2020 7:52 PM

The passage from social isolation (ASPO) to social distancing (DISPO) led us back to restaurants, gyms, and parks.

But to go to the doctor, not to mention.

Six important sanatoriums agree that

the return is gradual

and the “bottleneck” that was predicted has not yet been seen.


People are still a bit scared,

" they say at the

German Hospital


"We have all the security protocols to be able to attend patients normally, but the growth is being noticed very gradually", they continue.

The most sudden drop was in April: they received only 16,353 patients (against 56,804 in the same month in 2019).

Then they went up month by month.

There were 20,207 consultations in May, passing through 28,704 in August, reaching 36,377 in October.

Although they are still few.

"People have

not ended the pandemic

and are returning to the consultation progressively," they limit from


, where "in no way" they believe that they will have a "bottleneck."

"The missed consultations seem to have been lost, which is very worrying," they say from Fleni. Photo Fernando de la Orden.

Today - they comment - the accessibility of public transport is not total, some social segments are prevented from paying for private transport, there is concern about keeping jobs in the "home office" mode and many adults have to stay with the children because they do not have classes .

“So today

everything is not easy

for the patient to attend and return to their consultations.

For the same reason, we are not seeing a bottleneck ”, the spokesmen continue.

“When the pandemic began, we thought that if Fleni normally made 20 thousand monthly consultations and we had a 90% drop in April, 80% in May, 70% in June, etc., those percentages would accumulate and result in a level of 40 thousand patients for October or November ", they maintain.

Concern for the home office and school via Zoom threatens medical care.

Photo Martin Bonetto.

But that did not happen.

"The missed consultations seem to have been lost,

which is very worrying,

" they finish from Fleni. 

At the

Favaloro Foundation they

agree that, for the moment, a “bottleneck” has not been generated and they consider that it is still too early to assess the impact of ASPO (social isolation) versus DISPO (social distancing).

“In the comparison between the post-DISPO week and the immediately preceding week, there was a

slight increase in outpatient activity

(consultations and studies) and in some interventions.

However, it is still at a level of 45 to 55% below the usual average for this time ”, explains Matías Fosco, medical director of the Favaloro Foundation.

Along the same lines, the

Italian Hospital

went from receiving only 54,332 patients in April, to having a staggered rise of 78,203 consultations in May and 131,855 in August.

Although they reached 163,294 consultations in October, they are still well below the usual.

Medical interventions, such as transplants, continued in the midst of the pandemic.

Photo of the Favaloro Foundation.

While at the

Austral University Hospital,

 the main decrease was in consultations for cardiovascular surgery: they fell by 97% in April, compared to the same month in 2019. Later, that figure improved, although they continued, towards September, with

59% less

attention than normal for the time.

These institutions - together with

the British Hospital

- came together to convey the importance of retaking controls and not postponing the management of chronic diseases, or emergencies, because "

you can go back 30 years

on the road to better management of these diseases", they stated.

Averaging the data from the six sanatoriums, during quarantine oncology consultations decreased by 35%, gastrointestinal visits by 40%, cardiovascular consultations by 52%, cerebrovascular consultations by 36%, and gynecological consultations by 54%.

In turn, according to some experts,

deaths in homes increased

due to underestimating the emergency and due to fear of contagion from Covid-19.

The slogan "stay at home" should have been "I went out only what was strictly necessary and taking care of your health with all preventive measures," the specialists remarked.

"Covid-free" areas, peace of mind for patients

In a survey conducted by Ipsos Argentina and with 2,200 participants,

8 out of 10 Argentines 

assumed they had

delayed or canceled 

their medical care services during isolation.

The majority of participants in the study - commissioned by

Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices

- stated that their health remained the same (65%), while a worrying

30% reported that it worsened

in this health context.

The sanatoriums took building measures and differentiated circulation.

Photo Luciano Thieberger.

What would they need to get back to the doctor's office?

56% of those surveyed said they would feel safer to perform surgery or a medical procedure if the hospital or health center

had a coronavirus-free area.

In that sense, the

Adecra + Cedim


-which brings together clinics, sanatoriums, private hospitals and diagnostic


conducted a survey among its associates and recorded that 100% took building measures and differentiated circulation, 100% generated differentiated areas for the care of febrile patients and 100% implemented barriers in income to detect them.

DO NOT DISTANCE FROM YOUR HEALTH - It is essential that we feel good internally in order to better cope with this difficult moment.

There is no health without mental health.

#CuidaTuSalud #EsSeguroCuidarTuSalud

- Adecra Cedim (@adecracedim) October 28, 2020

"The institutions were specially prepared so that patients are

not at risk of contracting Covid-19,

" they explained from the camera.

For this reason, they launched a campaign on social networks to raise awareness about the importance of not postponing care, under the slogan: "

Do not distance yourself from your health



Look also

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Source: clarin

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