Malaga's Hospital Clínico is to start screening all patients who need to be admitted to rule out that they suffer from an infection caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus.
The screening will involve a questionnaire delving into whether they have suffered coronavirus symptoms or have been in contact with a confirmed positive-tested person in recent days.
All patients who need to be admitted will undergo a rapid antigen test and / or a PCR test, according to clinical criteria, in order to either rule out a Covid-19 infection or detect it early and establish the appropriate measures upon admission.
This measure will affect all patients who require both urgent and scheduled admissions.
Until now the hospital only carried out this screening protocol for patients who were admitted on a scheduled basis for a surgical intervention or certain invasive functional and diagnostic tests, as well as all patients treated for breathing problems who had symptoms compatible with the disease.
Patients whose screening results are negative will be admitted in the normal way, while those who are suspected of having the disease or are confirmed positive will go directly to a coronavirus isolation area of the hospital.
Any patient which presents at the hospital for a scheduled or urgent operation that is confirmed Covid-positive will be treated in the operating theatre with all necessary security measures in place.
The hospital’s manager, José Antonio Ortega, has said that the screening of all patients "is a measure to guarantee safety for all patients and professionals and to avoid contagion and complications in the care and recovery they require.”
The manager has also announced that “details are being finalized so that in the coming days temperature checks can be carried out for family members and companions who access both the emergency service and the main entrances of the hospital to complete the set of security measures for people who circulate through the hospital during the pandemic.”