Barcelona, May 8 (EFE) .- The president of the Spanish Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology (SEGG), José Augusto García, highlighted this Friday the need for a “real plan” of contingency in nursing homes given the possibility a new outbreak of positives for coronavirus between the months of October and November.
In an interview on TV3, García insisted that “we should not trust” that the vaccine to treat the virus is effective in the short term, so he pointed out the importance of adopting this contingency plan so that this “does not happen again. pass “, in reference to the high number of elderly people infected by COVID-19 in Spanish nursing homes.
The president of the SEGG has proposed “individualizing care” in seriously ill patients, who must be transferred to social health centers, while with those people who are in the final phase of life “we must be able to guarantee palliative treatment in residences “.
In this same sense, he has pointed out that the “most urgent” lack of definition is that of the accompaniment of those elderly people who are at the end of their life and in a phase of agony, since it is a “question of humanity”.
For this reason, the doctor has argued that residences need Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and tests for all residents, who “have arrived late”, and has vindicated the importance of having patient referral circuits “very well set up “and a system of medicalization of residences for those people who prefer to be treated in them.
The SEGG have ruled out the option of “transforming residences into hospitals”, and are committed to guaranteeing spaces for coexistence in which there is “human dignity and interaction between people”, so that the elderly continue to have contact with their families. EFE