October 8 is World Palliative Care Day, which is celebrated every second Saturday of October with the aim of making the population aware that all people have the right to receive care in the last stretch of their lives.
This is care to improve the quality of life for patients who have a serious or life-threatening illness, such as cancer. Palliative care is an approach to care that responds to the whole person, not just to her illness, but to her spiritual and emotional support.
And they know a lot about this at the Zatti Hospital, whose team is a pioneer in the province, since it began working in 2001 and spread to other hospitals. Since then they have treated 8,000 patients. Later, the Roca, Cipolletti and Bariloche hospitals followed that line.
The team includes the doctors Liliana Fedorco and Mariángeles Ciancaglini, the doctors Oscar Ambor and Carlos Tassara, the nurse Noemí Cayuleo, the nurses Oscar Ibánez, Carlos Miller and Pedro Inalaf, among others. It is also made up of a kinesiologist, a social worker and a psychologist.
The conditions that they treat in home hospitalization are not only oncological, but can also be cystic fibrosis or multiple sclerosis. They have an office on Thursdays from 13.
“The important thing is to highlight what palliative care represents because some statistics indicate that in Argentina only 1 to 5% of those who need it are receiving it, and it is a right that we all have, taking into account that there is now a law,” professionals say.
It is that since last July, Argentina has Law No. 27,678, which aims to guarantee comprehensive benefits to people who suffer from life-threatening or limiting illnesses and provide support to their family environment.
The members of the health team warned NoticiasNet that “there are many people who do not know that this service exists, they have to know and we all have the right to have it.”
They pointed out that of the 8,000 patients, 90% died at home accompanied by their family, and “not in an isolated room” because “the family learns to apply injections, with which care is not only for the patient, but family is included.
On the other hand, they clarified that it is a “myth” that only terminally ill patients are cared for. They pointed out that “today palliative care is not considered for the last stage of life, but when a diagnosis of oncological disease is made, palliative care should be started because that patient may have physical, spiritual, social and emotional problems. , and solutions must be given, not just treatment”.
They insisted that “we do not improve only the physical in a disease that other aspects must be taken into account because when a patient is diagnosed with a disease he loses his family, social role, he isolates himself, and we have to solve that even if we give treatment, spiritual, because if we don’t treat him, he won’t have good quality care.”
At the same time, they argued that “part of the care involves the family, in the homes (of the patients) there is important care, we go, but they are permanently.”
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