Hospital COVID Instituto Salvadoreño del Seguro Social San miguel. El Salvador
Country: El Salvador
COVID-19 pandemic in El Salvador: First multidisciplinary team in patient management using cybernetic information for real-time treatment and home oxygen.
The Hospital COVID Instituto Salvadoreño del Seguro Social (ISSS) is a tertiary government hospital located in the capital of El Salvador. The hospital started operations only this year, and it was immediately designated as a COVID-19 facility once the pandemic struck.
Upon being designated as a COVID hospital, ISSS immediately formed multidisciplinary teams to handle patients. Each team is composed of specialists from various disciplines, including internal medicine, infectology, hematology, pulmonology, nephrology, surgery, and critical medicine. Through the multidisciplinary COVID teams, each patient received a comprehensive and individualized treatment. Treatment was not limited to specific COVID symptoms; underlying conditions were also addressed. Conventional COVID treatments tended to focus solely on addressing respiratory symptoms; ISSS El Salvador addressed this gap by also treating underlying conditions in order to improve healthcare outcomes.
ISSS’ unique approach served as a reference for other healthcare providers across El Salvador. The central sub-directorate of health took ISSS’ observations into account in crafting national COVID response rules, providing a more unified pandemic strategy. A local template was also created which streamlined the daily registration of COVID patients. Because of its efficiency, the local template used by the ISSS was also later taken up at the national level.