Organization - Infectious Diseases Service

The Infectious Diseases Service is organized into two main areas of work


    It annually monitors 4,500 patients with chronic HIV infection, cares for nearly 500 patients with sexually transmitted diseases and about 1,000 high-risk sexual contacts. In addition, the Unit treats patients with infectious or tumor complications associated with HIV infection and requiring hospitalization.

Patient Care with a General Infection. We differentiate healthcare for the patient with a community infection that requires hospital admission (pneumonia, urinary tract infection, etc.) and healthcare for the patient with a community infection in an outpatient regime. Of those referred from primary care, about 2,000 consultations are carried out annually for the diagnosis or management of this type of infection.

Altogether, 700 patients are admitted annually by the Infectious Diseases Service and most do so in the ward located on the 4th floor of Stairway 4. About two-thirds of these patients have a community-acquired infection and one-third have an HIV-related complication. The ward has a total of 20 beds, 6 of which are individual with negative pressure, which allows the isolation of patients with contagious infections. In addition, 2 of the 6 isolation beds have capacity for patients with highly contagious diseases (e.g. Ebola).

Comprehensive care for patients with a hospital-acquired infection (nosocomial) or one related to health care (patients receiving outpatient chemotherapy). The Infection Service performs more than 1,000 annual consultations of patients with these characteristics, located in virtually all hospital units. This care is made available through the Nosocomial Infection program, which is also responsible for promoting actions to reduce the prevalence of such complications in the hospital.

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