- Recommendations for the health care team include:– training to the use of personal protective equipment (N95 mask, goggles, mobcap, disposable surgical blouse and gloves) when caring for confirmed cases;– self-monitoring symptoms and inform team leader if suspicion of symptoms or contact with confirmed case; stay home if unwell.
- Recommendations for dialysis patients consist of:– appropriate hand and respiratory hygiene;– body temperature before and after dialysis sessions;
– self-isolate between sessions;
– inform staff of symptoms before arriving at the dialysis unit.
- Recommendations for Dialysis centers:
– have good air conditioning and ventilation in treatment and waiting room;
– symptomatic patients should receive dialysis in a separate isolation room with a negative pressure atmosphere with a designated healthcare team.
The goal of this review of the European Dialysis (EUDIAL) Working Group of ERA-EDTA is to provide guidelines for dialysis unit centers during this pandemic. Suggestions on the recommendations from The Chinese Society of Nephrology, the Taiwan Society of Nephrology and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization were taken into account while putting forward these guidelines.
Carlo Basile, Christian Combe, Francesco Pizzarelli, Adrian Covic, Andrew Davenport, Mehmet Kanbay, Dimitrios Kirmizis, Daniel Schneditz, Frank van der Sande, Sandip Mitra, on behalf of the EUDIAL Working Group of ERA-EDTA. (March 20, 2020) Recommendations for the prevention, mitigation and containment of the emerging SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic in haemodialysis centres. Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation. https://doi.org/10.1093/ndt/gfaa069