Catalonia simplifies discharges and discharges due to covid to relieve the CAP

  • The patients will automatically receive, at the time they process the discharge, a deferred discharge for seven days later

Catalonia has simplified the low and high system for covid-19 with the aim of relieving primary care centers (CAP), which are saturated due to the huge number of infections from this sixth pandemic wave in which the omicron variant, more contagious, it is already dominant. The Ministry of Health calls those infected with covid-19 who present mild symptoms to Do not go to health centers. At the moment, in Catalonia there are 123,406 people who are sick due to covid-19. And 3.4% of health workers are on sick leave due to this disease.

Thus, from this Wednesday, people who need a sick leave because they have coronavirus and cannot telework will be able to process it through a Pharmacy adhered to the TAR program, opening an e-consultation through My Health or through the (in the “covid symptoms” section). As a last resort, the person will be able to call the CAP or 061 and ask to be discharged, but this is “the last possibility and the least recommended”, according to Salut.

In addition, the novelty presented today by the ‘conselleria’ is that, from the moment in which the user processes the cancellation, he will receive a deferred discharge for seven days later. “We live a exceptional situation that requires exceptional measures”, justified the General Secretary of Health at a press conference, Meritxell Masó.

The person who requests the withdrawal through one of the four possibilities mentioned above, will receive a SMS to identify close contacts and process the cancellation, which, however, must be signed by the family doctor.

The Ministry of Health has also asked the State to “establish exceptional measures” and allow casualties to be processed with a declaration of self-responsibility, as the ‘conseller’ of Health already claimed yesterday, Josep Maria Argimón. The big difference with this method is that the doctor does not intervene with the statement and this statement is delivered to the company.

Epidemiological situation

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Regarding the epidemiological situation, infections continue to rise, although in recent days the rise has slowed, as shown by the virus reproduction index (Rt), that has gone down again this Wednesday and has been located in the 1.08 points. There has also been a slowdown in the increase in incidence in children under 15 years of age thanks to the vaccine, according to the Secretary of Public Health, Carmen Heads.

The admissions to hospitals and ICUs still going up though “The increase is not as high as last week.” In the last hours, 22 patients with covid-19 have been admitted to hospitals and in total there are already 2,312. Of these, 525 are in ICUs, five more than the day before. “The increase is less than last week, but these figures place us in a very important range of admissions to ucis”, warned Cabezas.

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