There is a high number of patients who, after overcoming the acute phase of the disease, have complications associated with having suffered from coronavirus. The sequelae left by Covid-19 are not only obvious and not only affect the physical part, but have also been seen to affect memory, behavior, mood, and the ability to engage in activities of the daily life.
The Institut Guttmann offers a free, accessible, and free-of-charge cognitive stimulation service to people over the age of 50 who are confined home by covid-19, and for whom the current situation of isolation and confinement can be a risk important for your brain health.
Occurring confinement causes the mind to focus on issues or questions that override our ability to act to cope with the situation, or increase our perception of stress, anxiety, etc. The literature shows that all this affects our brain health.
In accordance with the decree of the Government of the continuation of the confinement due to the state of alarm declared because of the pandemic of COVID-19, we are forced to keep canceling all the outpatient rehabilitation activity as well as the consultations external until further notice.
However, the hospital will continue to provide patient and family support services in terms of its rehabilitative treatment and other types of related consultations.
For the Institut Guttmann the most important is the health and care of our patients, and the safety and health of our professionals; That is why the Management has implemented a series of measures to combat the pandemic of the SARS-COV-2.
The aim is to preserve the health of our care staff in order to ensure the continuity of their function; while restricting activity to the minimum required in order to minimize the risk of contagion of our patients, most of whom are highly vulnerable.
Following recommendations of the Health and Administrative Authorities, and given the situation of maximum alert and exceptionality in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic:
Starting March 15th, patient visits are restricted to only one person per patient. This person should always be the same, at least while the regulations of the current emergency situation remain, in order to avoid contagion.
These visits must be strictly necessary and it is requested that minors are not allowed in any case.
Following the recommendations of the health authorities and given the current exceptional situation due to the expansion of the coronavirus, and as a provisional measure of prevention and containment, and to:
1. Avoid unnecessary spread of the virus especially among hospitalized patients who are most vulnerable.
2. Guarantee and preserve the safety of health professionals to enable them to continue, in the short and medium term, offering adequate health care to patients.
The Institut Guttmann follows the protocol in relation to the COVID-19 coronavirus, currently in the containment phase, in accordance with the procedures established by the Department of Salut of the Generalitat based on the recommendations of the Ministry of Health, of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Informative meetings have been held for professionals on how to prevent infection and how to act in a possible case of coronavirus.
Last Thursday, the Institut Guttmann and the Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital held at the Germans Trias i Pujol Research Institute (IGTP) the minority illness day that is jointly organized each year on the occasion of World Day. On this occasion the meeting was under the title 'Multidisciplinary approach to minority diseases', offering a dialogue between different specialties and a global approach to the treatment of this type of diseases. The last part of the day has been dedicated to updating the current research lines.
This year the "Zurich Marathon of Barcelona 2020" will carry out a large fundraising campaign through micro-donations on the migranodearena.org platform, in which runners can create their challenge supporting the cause with which they feel committed. There are already 61 solidarity challenges that raise funds for various causes in the fundraising campaign Zurich Barcelona Marató 2020.
One of the challenges has been created by the Institut Guttmann and is linked to the new social research project PARTICIPA.