EIM International - EIM El Salvador
On March 26th, after a year of diligent effort, EIM El Salvador launched the “Exercise is Medicine Good Living Activity Plan.” An agreement was signed between the National Institute of Sports of El Salvador and the Ministry of Health to officially launch the plan. The plan consists of accredited physicians (who have or are receiving the EIM CME course) to assess and refer patients using UPAF (physical activity prescription units) in four Indes sites and 7 of 2 municipalities, where professionals in the community (accredited physical educators) receive and fill the physical activity prescription.
They have created a valuable instrument adapted from preexisting tools. Patients are referred using a “Passport”, a database where information about healthy habits, along with their personal information, diagnosis, and medications, as well as objective measures is stored. The “Passport” is designed to view multiple measurements in a single sheet and be able to compare and monitor the progress of a patient’s physical capacity. In addition, a heart rate recovery chart was added as a parameter for the progress of cardiorespiratory capacity.
EIM El Salvador will continue to extend the program to the whole country, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, and also with the Social Security Business Clinics. We look forward to seeing further developments come from EIM El Salvador's work!