In the daily commitment to provide specialized medical care and develop scientific research to improve health conditions in Mexico, the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition “Salvador Zubirán” (INCMNSZ), attached to the Ministry of Health (SSa), has 75 years of serving the population. although one of its characteristics is that it mainly focuses on those who do not have social security.
Its current CEO is the Dr. David Kershenobich Stalnikowitz, who affirms that thanks to its model of care with quality and safety for patients, it is already a national and international reference center in relation to internal medicine for adults.
While only at the beginning of this 2021 he made history. All because it was named by Newsweek magazine as one of the best hospitals in the world.
“This institution provides knowledge and development of health care techniques and methodologies to deal with pandemics such as influenza 12 years ago and today to get ahead of the health emergency we are facing due to COVID-19.”
Attention during the current pandemic
To date, the institute has treated more than 30,000 patients with respiratory problems, of which around 9,000 were associated with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. At the national level, it is one of the hospitals with lower fatality from this disease.
He also highlighted the importance of the institution’s medical infrastructure, such as biosafety, microbiology and infectious diseases laboratories, which are very useful in the hospital reconversion in Mexico. In addition, its emergency service was the first to have an exclusive tomograph for the COVID area.
“We have the ability to do molecular tests as soon as the patient arrives in the emergency room. We have contributed thousands of laboratory tests for the timely detection of the virus ”.
Because it is a specialized care center for adults with conditions such as diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, kidney and liver transplants, the safety protocols applied since the start of the health emergency have allowed so far no infections within the institute .
Personnel from the medical and research area of the “Salvador Zubirán” National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition has published more than 120 papers on COVID-19, which contribute to strengthening care models and consolidating other protocols.
Before the pandemic, approximately 50 liver transplants were performed per year, practically one per week, with a survival rate of more than 90 percent at five years. Also 85 kidney, half a cadaveric donor. In addition, in this Institute the first National Nutrition Surveys were born, which have served to develop the National Health Surveys.
This highly specialized hospital center has one of the largest cohorts of lupus erythematosus that allowed a better understanding of rheumatic diseases. He has also contributed knowledge to improve the treatment of liver cirrhosis and fibrosis.