He Infanta Elena Hospital installed two new electromedical equipment for the diagnosis and monitoring of respiratory diseases for the department Pneumology, with the aim of improving the care offered to patients and continuing to move forward in the process modernization and repair of hospital infrastructure and equipment.
So it’s been days in the hospital new cabin for examining lung function with greater and better performance, as well as a new device for measuring the degree inflammation lungs. New equipment that will enhance assistance in this specialty and will allow you to find out with greater accuracy patient situation and their response to various treatments.
In this sense, the new cabin for spirometry and all kinds of modern lung diffusion studies allows you to perform all kinds of tests. respiratory function testsdesigned to study the volume and lung capacity patients and measure the impact of chronic diseases such as asthma.
With this new cabin, in addition to spirometry, it is possible to measure ability to inhale and exhalation from the lungs, the analysis of the patient’s condition can be supplemented by more specific tests, such as diffusion studies and body plethysmography, to check, for example, the diffusion capacity of CO, total lung capacity, or the amount of air remaining on exhalation. them after exhalation, which suggests a much more accurate estimate.
The tests are performed in a closed chamber in which patients must breathe through a mouthpiece connected to a meter at varying speeds and intensities so that experts can evaluate their lung function. It’s about p.very specific tests which help, among other things, to early diagnosis diseases such as COPD to measure the effect that a disease has on a patient, or to assess response to prescribed treatment.
In addition, the hospital center has the necessary electromedical equipment to perform the FeNO test or determine the amount of exhaled nitric oxide in patients with asthma allergic or eosinophilic. This indicator allows us to know the degree of lung inflammation present, since nitric oxide is produced by cells that are involved in this inflammatory process. You can also determine how effectively the inhaled steroids given to a patient actually control this inflammation.
It should not be forgotten that asthma, by definition, is chronic inflammatory process It restricts the flow of air from the respiratory tract and increases the degree of the body’s response to provoking agents. The problem is that sometimes, although the patient may feel that everything is fine with their breathing, the inflammation can continue to increase significantly, causing problems in the body.
Conventional asthma monitoring methods have traditionally focused on symptoms and airway constriction. Airwayswithout the ability to routinely assess the level of underlying inflammation, so the ability to analyze the true state of the patient through this new implementation is an additional value of the medical care he receives.
This knowledge is also taken into account to a large extent in drug prescribing, allowing for a much more precise adaptation of the amount inhaled steroids, paying attention not only to respiratory symptoms, but also to the real situation of pneumonia. Using these measurements, maintenance doses of these drugs can be significantly reduced without affecting asthma control, and the dose can be gradually reduced to the optimal point.
These initiatives from Department of Pulmonology They complement the new benefits that the Infanta Elena Hospital has introduced in recent years in numerous specialties, as well as the renewal of some of the infrastructure and equipment, especially of a medical nature, to improve patient care. winning in quality and safety.