From mid-March 2020, the pandemic caused by COVID 19 has placed health facilities in front of the need to implement a rapid and profound reorganization. However, many hospitals have not had time to organize a rapid and effective response, both for the speed of spread of the virus, and for the lack of previous experience with a pandemic of this magnitude. With the aim of assessing the knowledge and adoption of the procedures and recommendations disseminated by hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic, in the dialysis and hemodialysis services of Italian centers, a cross-sectional survey was designed by the Society of Nurses in Nephrology (SIAN). The online survey was conducted among nurses who work in the Italian services of dialysis and hemodialysis during the first and second waves.
The online survey was completed by 150 nurses. Although hospitals have set up protocols and procedures for patient management during the COVID-19 pandemic, among participants not all were aware of it. With regard to the training of personnel in the use of personal protective equipment, 18.6% declared that they have not received it. The majority implemented specific precautions for patient management, awareness and information.
Keywords: hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, nursing skills procedures, COVID-19