Young man commits suicide by testing positive for rapid Covid test; I did not have the virus

“It was a fortuitous, unexpected event,” said Leopoldo Santillán Arreygue, delegate of the Mexican Institute of Social Security in Coahuila, regarding the patient who allegedly infected with Covid-19 and he committed suicide in one of the bathrooms of the Hospital General de Zona (HGZ) No. 7 of the IMSS in Monclova.

Mario Alberto “M”, 29 years old, from the municipality of Frontera, arrived last Saturday at the institution referred by another hospital. He had all the symptoms of the virus. He arrived with saturation (oxygenation) of 90% and a rapid test for the Coronavirus that came back positive, that is why he was admitted to the Covid area and they performed the PCR (confirmation) test.

It was Monday at noon when the patient got out of bed and, on his own feet, entered the bathroom where, about 20 minutes later, a nurse went to look for him because he had taken a long time and found him hanging from a sheet that he had jammed with the door.

The boy did not find out that he was not infected, because shortly after they received the result of the test that was negative for Covid.

His death surprised hospital staff.

Santillán Arreygue regretted what happened, because it is unknown if it was due to anguish, fear or despair that Mario Alberto made the decision to kill himself.

It wasn’t the staff’s fault

The delegate categorically refused to proceed against Social Security workers who were treating the patient.

“We cannot take action against the personnel because it was not a homicide, it was a fortuitous situation, an unexpected case,” he replied to a reporter who asked him if they would punish those who did not monitor him well.

“The patient was physically able to go to the bathroom and protect themselves by their own means, we do not know what they can do inside,” he said.

He pointed out that the patient arrived with a rapid test that was positive “but we always confirm with the PCR that it is the ‘real confirmatory’ and it came out negative.”

Psychological care

Regarding the possibility of preventing more cases like this, he pointed out that all patients who enter the Covid area receive input or support in some way.

“But the protocol indicates that when leaving they receive psychological support due to the ravages of anxiety left by the disease

He clarified, however: “We cannot predict if they already come with anxiety and that is something that is going to be addressed from the first level.

It depends a lot on the patient collaborating, expressing their feelings, we know that everyone feels anguish because you go to a hospital where you know that anything can happen, he stressed.

He also said that “every patient, regardless of the cause for which they go to a hospital, imposes and that we are going to attack.”

The Covid disease has been marking a watershed with situations that we do not know about and the care protocol has been improved and perfected, the head of the IMSS in Coahuila remarked.


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