How to access this form of assistance on the advice of the hospital specialist doctor, who assesses, in agreement with the patient, the opportunity of a day hospitalization rather than an ordinary hospitalization, planning the date of the eventual access. You can know more by clicking here now.
Not all hospitalization departments include hospitalization areas under the day hospital regime. Within some complex structures, the day hospital is activated only for specific and particular pathologies that involve diagnostic-therapeutic intervention modalities characterized by the cyclical nature of the service or constitutes a modality to carry out simple but not executable interventions in the ambulatory ambit, which however does not need a prolonged stay. It is the term day surgery to define all the surgical operations that normally involve hospitalization of fewer than 24 hours.
A special type of assistance offered by the doctors is hospice hospitalization, dedicated to those patients with cancer pathologies for which there is no longer an indication for active treatment.
To access this type of care requires the evaluation of a doctor belonging to Palliative Care, who, upon request of the attending physician (general practitioner or hospital doctor), establishes the suitability of the patient based on the assistance of the clinical-social conditions and provides for inclusion in the waiting list.
The waiting list is based on a purely chronological criterion. When a bed-place is available, the patient is contacted by telephone and hospitalized. The substantial differences with respect to normal hospitalization are:
- Accommodation in single rooms;
- Availability of a kitchenette with electric hotplates and fridge;
- Continuous visiting hours from 8.00 to 20.00;
- Possibility to assist the patient even during the night, having a chair-bed in the room;
- Possibility of support from the volunteers of the Idea Insieme association.
The booklet also contains the contact details of the users ‘office (mailbox, e-mail, permanence), whose representatives ensure respect for patients’ rights and information on the hospital’s practices.
Emergencies: a case apart
The intervention can also be decided after a visit to the emergency room. Accompanied by firefighters, the entourage, the patient is quickly seen by a reception and orientation nurse. He then waits in a box the clinical examination of a doctor, then, if necessary, that one carries out additional examinations. His file once re-examined can lead to an intervention. Four or five hours have elapsed, when not more.
The promise of the electoral campaign, access in 30 minutes to specialized emergency care on the whole territory is it feasible? Currently, only emergency number 15 call offers more time, thanks to the physician’s referral to any available service. In the future, multi-disciplinary health centers could help to reduce the number of emergencies in local health care.
Good to know: the health bill that will be discussed in Parliament in the first half of 2015 provides a number of measures in the interests of patients. Among them, a territorial health service should be set up; “regional hospital groups” including public and private institutions would thus be made compulsory in order to better pool resources and develop a common medical project.
Another measure provided for in the bill: on leaving the hospital, each patient will be given a liaison letter with the city practitioners, and the chronically ill should receive, from their attending physician, a personalized care program.