American College of Physicians: Internal Medicine — Doctors for Adults ®

Advertisement

PASHA in Argentina

From the December ACP Hospitalist, copyright © 2011 by the American College of Physicians

By Matias Tisi Baña, MD, and Daniel Grassi, MD, and Juan Carlos Morales, MD, and Sebastian Sevilla, MD

In September, hospitalists from the Americas gathered in Argentina for the second annual Pan American Society of Hospitalists (PASHA) conference. Its goal was to help strengthen efforts to develop hospital medicine as a viable medical specialty in South America. To that end, many of the talks focused on controlling costs, and improving patient safety and quality of care—key benefits of the hospitalist model.

In Argentina, as in the U.S., an increasing amount of attention is being paid to patient management, quality and safety in the hospital. It's no mistake that PASHA's meeting was held at Austral University Hospital (HUA), in Pilar, Buenos Aires, Argentina, a 170-bed facility built in 2000 that provides community care for patients at all complexity levels. The general admission hospital area is covered by a daily service of full-time hospitalists who care for inpatients and coordinate tasks with consulting specialists, as well as devise processes to improve the quality of care. It is the only facility in the country with full-time hospitalists.

Conference session topics included strategies for teaming up with pharmacists and nurses to improve care processes, how to institutionalize patient safety practices, ways to increase guideline compliance in hospital rooms, prevention of deep vein thrombosis in medical and surgical patients, management of inpatient glycemia, treatment of delirium and preoperative cardiac issues, smoothing care transitions within the hospital and at discharge, and, of course, the future of hospital medicine in South America. The conference featured much interaction among the speakers, who hailed from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and the U.S.—and the audience of physicians, residents, pharmacists, nurses and health care managers.

Next year's PASHA meeting will be held in Santiago, Chile.

The authors are hospitalists in the Medical Clinic Service at Hospital Universitario Austral in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dr. Grassi is chief of the medical clinic service of the internal medicine department, and Dr. Morales is vice-chief of the medical clinic service.

Top

This is a printer-friendly version of this page

Print this page  |  Close the preview

Advertisement

Share

 
 

Subscribe online

Are you involved in hospital medicine? Then you should be getting ACP Hospitalist and ACP HospitalistWeekly. Subscribe now.

Hospitalist Archives
Quick Links

ACP HospitalistWeekly

From the July 29, 2015 edition

View issue

ACP Career Connection

Looking for a new hospitalist position?

ACP Career Connection can help you find your next job in hospital medicine. Search hospitalist positions nationwide that suit your criteria and preferences. Jobs are posted about two weeks before print publication of Annals of Internal Medicine, ACP Internist, and ACP Hospitalist. Exclusive “Online Direct” opportunities are updated weekly. Check us out online.

ABIM Maintenance of Certification for Hospitalists

Hospital-based internists have the option of maintaining their certification in either Internal Medicine or Internal Medicine with a Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine. Learn more about resources from ACP to complete both MOC programs.

  • ACP's MOC Navigator - A free ACP tool to help you understand the complexities of Maintenance of Certification.
  • ACP MOC Resources - ACP offers a variety of recertification resources to help you earn both MOC points and CME credits through the same educational program.

Internal Medicine Meeting 2015 Digital Presentations

Internal Medicine Meeting 2015 Digital Presentations

Choose from over 170 recorded Scientific Program Sessions and Pre-Courses. Available in a variety of packages and formats so you can choose the combination that works best for you.

See all available packages or preview sessions.

Medical Student Text

IM Essentials Now Available in Print or Online

IM Essentials Now Available in Print or Online

Check out sample pages from IM Essentials Text and IM Essentials Questions.