Because one of the four died in Nuevo León by COVID-19 was not diagnosed in time, because their symptoms were mistaken for another illness, Social Security doctors quarantined 11 workers who came into contact with this person.
The Director of Hospital 34 of the Mexican Institute of Social Security, Beatriz Maldonado, explained on Monday, that the patient had been identified from Monclova, Coahuila as sick with infectious endocarditis (whose symptoms are similar to those of COVID-19); diagnosis that was wrong.
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Social Security Clinic 34 in Nuevo León is the high-specialty unit in cardiovascular issues that serves the northeast of the Republic. This is not a hospital that attends emergencies or patients without the corresponding clinical pass, endorsed by a specialist.
In this sense, said Beatriz Maldonado, «we had been very well practically in the first month of the pandemic.»
«However, on Thursday the story changed when we received this patient from Monclova who was not considered by his clinic as a carrier of COVID, he entered with a heart condition. This patient had data on infectious endocarditis.»
«While in the hospital, several factors were detected where it was considered suspicious, the sample was taken, it actually came out positive and actions were carried out with the staff who were in contact.»
The director of IMSS Clinic 34 said this erroneous medical criterion with which the patient was identified in Coahuila, lessoned from them, and now all outpatients are considered suspects and taught until test results were obtained.
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«History change, patients with heart disease have continued to arrive and even if they do not adhere to the operational function of COVID, we were alerted, we have learned this weekend and reinforced the measures to be able to detect these patients.»
In addition, he explained, medical staff were equipped with the necessary equipment to treat all income as if it were de facto a pandemic contagion, this to reduce the risks of spreading the virus.
«There are 11 workers from different clinic categories isolated at home and we are giving them timely follow-up through the epidemiology of the hospital,» he concluded.
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