In December, 80% of nearly 3,500 consultations of adults and children for ED were related to influenza syndrome, an increase of nearly 60% compared to the previous month.
In the scenario of an increase of more than a thousand Covid-19 cases per day in Amazonas since last Monday (11), health plans have begun mobilizing efforts to ensure that the insured are screened, in addition to increasing service capacity in the region. Emergency and care units and hospitals.
This Tuesday, the Brazilian Society of Diagnostic Medicine (Apramide) warned that there may be no rapid tests in the country with the arrival of the omicron variable. Technicians’ concern is that with the high consumption of tests, there may be a shortage of supplies needed to produce the tests on a large scale, creating a ripple effect in the supply of tests in health plans.
Rede D’Or, the largest private network of hospitals in Brazil, has temporarily limited tests, according to a statement on Wednesday.
Unimed Manaus directives claim to have strengthened its team of health professionals and also implemented new care protocols, in emergency care for adults and children (AP) and also in hospital and maternity, to ensure the same quality standards in the care of users, in this period of the Amazonian winter, when the incidence of rains and cases of infection increases With respiratory syndromes in the Amazonian capital, the situation has worsened this year, due to the emergence of the new H3N2 influenza virus and the new Omicron variant, COVID-19.
The health plan has strengthened its team of health and support professionals, and implemented new care protocols in the adult and pediatric emergency care unit as well as in the hospital and maternity hospital.
Likewise, it keeps a test to diagnose covid-19 in stock, in sufficient quantities to meet the demand that arises. However, I have already started the process of buying more tests, as well as for diagnosing the flu.
In December, 80% of nearly 3,500 consultations in adults and children were related to influenza syndrome, an increase of nearly 60% compared to the previous month.
“We have enhanced our operational capacity since December, and now in January we are still able to grow and serve more users. But it is important for people to be vigilant, to keep their distance, to wear a mask when in the presence of other people, and to stay in open environments until We can control the problem of influenza outbreaks in our city,” warns Unimed Technical Director Manaus, infectious disease specialist Lucilaide Oliveira Santos.
In addition to strengthening the teams of doctors, nurses, technicians and administrative staff, Unimed Manaus has allocated exclusive beds for patients who need hospitalization, among other new measures adopted to counteract respiratory viruses during the seasonal period of influenza and respiratory syndrome. Severe acute infection (SRAG).
Lucilaide Santos highlights the effect that measures will have in the time of care, which has nearly tripled as a result of the significant increase in patients being admitted to the Adult and Pediatric ED every day.
* Collaboration with Lucas Vasconcelos