Breathing test is a painless test, which allows through a simple system Detect an intestinal infection of a bacterium, Helicobacter pyloriwhich may be related to chronic gastritis and ulcers of the stomach or duodenum
The introduction of this circuit is proving to be an efficient solution not only save time and travel The number of patients at the Reina Sofia hospital, but also the number of tests that are performed from it, has increased. As of October 2021, all breath tests were performed by the Digestive and Internal Medicine nursing staff in the outpatient clinics of the Hospital Reina Sofia.
The measure is significantly increasing the capacity to perform this test: a total of 1,226 were carried out in 2021 (1,122 at the Reina Sofia hospital and 104 at home), while 868 tests have been carried out in the first six months of 2022. (586 tests at home and 282 in hospital).
In addition, the samples collected since last June have been analyzed directly in the laboratory section of the Reina Sofia Hospital.
The implementation of this new circuit is the result of a working group involving primary care and outpatient nursing staff, as well as laboratory and digestive system unit professionals.
breath test performance
Breath tests can be requested from both primary care and hospital care. In both cases, the medic or nursing informs each patient of how to perform the test correctly and the reason for the request, in addition to distributing the materials and related instructions needed to perform it. In case of suspicion that the patient will require supervision, arrangements are made to meet face-to-face with the PC Nursing so that the sample can be collected in consultation.
The patient performs the test at home and delivers the sample in a paper envelope to the administrative area of his or her health center, as samples can be kept at room temperature.
The specialist laboratory technical staff analyzes the samples received and records the results in the patient’s medical record. Once this final process is complete, the specialist ordering the test informs the patient, by phone call or face-to-face consultation, about the results and guidelines to be followed.