The Spanish Society of Health Directors (Sedisa) has highlighted that the classification of patients, the protocolization of clinical follow-up, care coordination and the registration of clinical information are the priority measures for the comprehensive care for post-Covid-19 patients.
Sedisa, with the support of the AstraZeneca Foundation, has promoted the Document for Comprehensive PostCovid Patient Care, in which the organization and management of clinical follow-up appropriate to the needs of those who have passed the acute phase of the infection are determined.
Over the months, clinical and scientific experts have been able to generate a greater knowledge about the coronavirus, its management and treatment, as well as its sequelae. Although in a variable condition, thromboembolic, respiratory, otorhinolaryngological, cardiac, musculoskeletal, digestive, neurological and cognitive, endocrinological, psychiatric, renal, hepatic and dermatological complications have been observed.
The managing director of the Severo Ochoa University Hospital and president of the Agrupación Territorial de Sedisa in Madrid, Domingo del Cacho, explained that “the follow-up of these patients and the clinical sequelae generated by the infection suppose a big challenge, not only from the clinical point of view, but also from the perspective of health management (reorganization of processes, material and human resources, coordination between levels of care, social health services, etc.) “.” A new healthcare need that requires an approach multidisciplinary, protocolized and equitable in the health system “, he added.
The document, which can be downloaded from the Sedisa website, determine four key priority areas: the classification of patients for their follow-up, the protocolization of the clinical follow-up of post-Covid patients, the strengthening of care coordination (coordination between levels of care, between specialties in the hospital setting and with the social sphere) and the registry of clinical information .
With the impulse of this document we also contribute to the humanization of healthcare
“With the impulse of this document we also contribute to the humanization of healthcare thanks to protocols that help professionals to reorganize material and human resources and associated processes in a coordinated manner, thus guaranteeing a maximum quality, efficient and 100% patient-oriented care “, said the vice president of the AstraZeneca Foundation, Luis Lamb.
The text has also featured the society participation. In this sense, the president of the Platform of Patient Organizations (POP), Carina Escobar, stressed that “the system faces the challenge of developing a healthcare model different from the current one, in which healthcare is made more flexible, home care, the necessary follow-up and monitoring is carried out and a clinical history with indicators is implemented, counting in all this with the social sphere in addition to the health one. “Along with the need for comprehensive care for post-Covid patients, the system faces quality and efficient care for chronic patients and those awaiting diagnosis, something a priority in the short, medium and long term,” he said. added.
Representatives of a large number of medical-scientific societies of Cardiology, Endocrinology, Oncology, Hospital Pharmacy, Primary Care, Internal Medicine, have also participated in the preparation of the document. Nephrology, Neurology, Psychiatry, Pulmonology and Thrombosis.