Protected: Impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on kidney transplantation: focus on the Sicilian experience

Abstract

The COronaVIrus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic has rapidly changed hospital structures in our country, radically modifying clinical activity. Nephrology, and kidney transplant in particular, has been heavily influenced by it, with a reduced number of organ donations and, consequently, transplantations.

Here we report the data on kidney transplants in our region, Sicily, for the period 2019-July 2021, and we analyze the effects of the pandemic.

Keywords: Covid-19, pandemic, kidney transplantation, Sicilian experience

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Hemodialysis shake-up on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic: the Treviglio Hospital experience

Abstract

The new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic in Italy formally started on 21st February 2020, when a 38-years old man was established as the first Italian citizen with Covid-19 in Codogno, Lombardy region. In a few days, the deadly coronavirus swept beyond expectations across the city of Bergamo and its province, claiming thousands of lives and putting the hospital in Treviglio under considerable strain.

Since designated Covid-dialysis hospitals to centrally manage infected hemodialysis patients were not set up in the epidemic areas, we arranged to treat all our patients. We describe the multiple strategies we had to implement fast to prevent/control Covid-19 infection and spread resources in our Dialysis Unit during the first surge of the pandemic in one of the worst-hit areas in Italy. The recommendations provided by existing guidelines and colleagues with significant experience in dealing with Covid-19 were combined with the practical judgement of our dialysis clinicians, nurses and nurse’s aides.

KEYWORDS: COVID-19, hemodialysis, end-stage kidney disease, coronavirus, pandemic.

Introduction

Since December 2019, an outbreak of new coronavirus disease (Covid-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), has developed into a global pandemic [1]. Its outburst in Italy officially dates back to February 21st, 2020. In a few days, the number of detected cases increased beyond expectations [2]. The deadly coronavirus swept across the city of Bergamo and its province, claiming thousands of lives and putting the hospital in Treviglio under considerable strain; all departments had to be readapted and most beds were rapidly occupied by infected patients. 

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