In response to a request for training and advice given to national references by the Telehealth Office of the Zonal Hospital “Dr.
Adolfo Margara “de Trelew, dependent of the Ministry of Health of Chubut; Recently, a “Course on Palliative Care” began to be dictated by the video conference system, which is aimed at members of the health teams of the main Chubut hospitalities.The course consists of a series of monthly meetings, which will be held on the last Friday of each month, and is organized jointly by the Palliative Care Team of the Hospital de Clínicas “José de San Martín” in Buenos Aires and the University Center of Research in Telemedicine and e-Health, dependent of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA).OBJECTIVEThe objective pursued by the course is to promote inter-institutional and interdisciplinary work around the theme of palliative care.For this reason, it promotes the development of innovative environments for collaboration through information and communication technologies.
Also, it is hoped to favor the opening of communication channels that facilitate solving local problems through joint training and accompaniment in complex situations.PARTICIPANTSThe proposal was examined of interest by other health facilities in the province and, in this sense, has the participation of work teams not only from the Trelew hospital but also from the Hospitals of Comodoro Rivadavia, Puerto Madryn, and Esquel.The first meeting of the course had 22 attendees at the Trelew headquarters, mostly members of the working group in Palliative Care that is in training at the local hospital.It should be noted that this course is part of the innovative strategy of forming teams and work areas, making use of information technology and communication in health.Myths about palliative careWhen a patient is proposed with the idea of receiving palliative care, most mistakenly assume that they are in the final phase of their lives. To overcome this big myth, this month health professionals in 70 countries commemorate the International Day of Palliative Care.• When talking about palliative care, you have preconceived ideas of treatment and consequences of it.• In chronic patients, treatment can be useful for the patient and their immediate environment.
When a patient is approached with the idea of receiving palliative care, most mistakenly assume that they are in the final phase of their lives. To overcome this critical myth, this month health professionals in 70 countries commemorate the International Day of Palliative Care , which aims to raise awareness of the importance of this branch of medicine to manage pain in chronic patients or those facing severe diseases such as cancer (kidney, lung, heart, rheumatology, neurological disorders, among others). The central theme for 2017 is: “Palliative care and universal health coverage: do not leave those who suffer.”Pain is defined as an experience – sensory or emotional – unpleasant in the face of actual or potential harm to patients. Whether chronic or acute, depression has been classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a disease and its treatment as a human right. According to Dr. Claudia Agámez, Chief of Pain and Support to Chronic Illness at the Clínica del Country, “palliative care is a powerful tool to transform the lives of patients and their families.
Its main objective is to relieve pain and other symptoms that alter the quality of life considering aspects not only physical but also psychological, spiritual, social context, among others “.About us:The availability and access to opioids are essential for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. The treating professional will evaluate which is the best medication for each patient and will explain its benefits and risks; the procedure is safe as long as the patient follows the doctor’s instructions.