Within the framework of the National Respiratory Health Plan, the National Ministry of Health distributed 935 spirometry kits from Sweden to the counties, with the aim of increasing the detection and diagnosis rate of respiratory diseases and promoting timely and appropriate treatment.
“We are distributing these kits within the framework of a national plan whose main pillar is to increase the availability of reliable, high-quality diagnostic methods and places throughout the national territory. This strategy, at the national level, brings the possibility of diagnosis closer,” said the Undersecretary of Health Strategies, Juan Manuel Castelli. To the population through first level care services.
For his part, the National Director of the Comprehensive Approach to Non-Communicable Diseases, Nicolas Hyperer, emphasized that “The approach to respiratory diseases requires a comprehensive strategy. The factors that determine them are multiple. For this reason, cross-sectoral and multi-level coordination and integration of health subsystems in Argentina is essential to treat them. These measures are developed in a plan that comprehensively addresses key risk and protective factors to ensure care from prevention, early diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
The delivery of the kits is accompanied by the training of health teams in institutions, based on the courses taught by the National Directorate for the Comprehensive Approach to Non-Communicable Diseases (DNAIENT) and planned in cooperation with the judicial authorities, with an emphasis on leaving proven capabilities, transfer of knowledge in the correct performance of spirometry, interpretation and care.
On the one hand, the training course for spirometry operators was introduced at the first level of care, in order to homogenize the standards for spirometry implementation, in order to reduce variability and the presence of diagnostic biases. On the other hand, the spirometry interpretation course is aimed at medical professionals, as their legal competence is required to be able to issue reports.
These trainings were provided within the framework of the National Plan for a Comprehensive Approach to Non-Communicable Diseases launched by DNAIENT in 2019. Other courses developed include: “Introduction to Spirometry Interpretation”, “Practical Approach to Asthma Management at the First Level of Care”, “Diagnosis COPD treatment is an outpatient treatment at the first level of care.”
This policy promoted by the National Health Portfolio seeks to establish spirometry as a diagnostic tool at the first level of care through the distribution of kits that allow the diagnosis to be made non-invasively, quickly and effectively. The method includes measuring how the lungs work, through a device that records the amount of air inhaled and exhaled, as well as the speed of breathing.
Likewise, through the National Respiratory Health Plan, the rate of detection of respiratory diseases has been increased, follow-up cases have been established for these diseases, treatment development and response have been monitored, and the establishment of referral networks for people with respiratory diseases has been promoted. . All measures that contribute to reducing the rates of infection and mortality associated with these diseases through timely diagnosis and early treatment.
It is not just about providing inputs, it is about enhancing training, improving professional development and skills, and integrating technological advances into more convenient and accessible forms to meet the needs of citizens. This strategy contributes to improving the quality of care and protecting the population.
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