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Revista Cubana de Salud Pública

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FALCON HERNANDEZ, Arelys et al. First Specialized Ambulatory Center in Cuba and its results in three years. Rev Cubana Salud Pública [online]. 2015, vol.41, n.1. ISSN 0864-3466.

This paper was aimed at putting forward the work results of "Heroes de Playa Giron" specialized ambulatory center subordinated to ¨Dr Gustavo Aldereguia Lima¨ general university hospital after three years of operation. This descriptive study took into account the main indicators of the general hospital from 2007 through 2012. As from September 2009, the date of opening of the specialized ambulatory center, these indicators were jointly included with the above-mentioned. Data were collected from the yearly statistical reports of both hospital facilities. The opening of the Center allowed increasing the number of ambulatory major surgeries in the general hospital, since 36.2 %, 43.9 % and 41.1 % of the total number of ambulatory elective major surgeries recorded in the hospital were performed in 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively, in this specialized center. The most frequent were herniorraphies, hemorrhoidectomy, colecistectomy through minimally invasive technique, excision of soft tissue tumors, gynecological treatments of the pelvic floor, orthopedic surgeries and others. The Specialized Center gave service to 20 % of the total number of patients seen at the outpatient service in the general hospital. In three years, 3 119 patients were admitted to the hospital, most of them in the rehabilitation service and the most treated disease was the cerebrovascular one. Since its opening, the Specialized Ambulatory Center has contributed to reduce the medical assistance burden of the general hospital, provides high quality service and plays a key role in the development of ambulatory surgery in Cienfuegos province.

Palabras clave : light hospital; ambulatory surgery; specialized centers.

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