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Abstract: PO0730

Fighting COVID-19: Experience from a Chinese Hemodialysis Center

Session Information

Category: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • 000 Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Authors

  • Zhang, Qian, Huashan Hospital Fudan University, Shanghai, Shanghai, China
  • Wang, Mengjing, Huashan Hospital Fudan University, Shanghai, Shanghai, China
  • Chen, Jing, Huashan Hospital Fudan University, Shanghai, Shanghai, China
Background

COVID-19 has ravaged China and spread throughout the rest of the world. Since there is no effective treatment available at present time, patients with ESRD feel anxious and uncomfortable to come to dialysis center and receive dialysis treatments.

Methods

To help the patients deal with their anxiety without interrupting their treatments, we developed emergency response plans and offered following instructions during the pandemic of COVID-19.

Results

1) We have immediately adopted a comprehensive epidemiological screening and symptom evaluation for all hemodialysis patients, family members and medical staff. Confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients will be quarantined in the designated places for 14 days after they are cured and discharged from hospitals.
2) We emphasize scientific education and teach our patients about the scientific evidence-based protection measures.
3) Patients shall wear masks throughout the treatment and avoid gathering and talking. They are trained how to wash hands in the correct way. They are required to wash their hands before entering the hemodialysis center and after returning home.
4) Before entering the hemodialysis center, everyone shall scan the QR code and register his or her health information. Medical staff will screen patients and perform the risk stratifications as seen in figure 1. Medical staff will check the patients' temperature before, during and after dialysis treatment.
5) The environmental cleaning and disinfection measures will be strengthened for hemodialysis facility. The spaces between dialysis stations will be increased and the isolation curtains will be installed to keep social distance. Isolation treatment area will be set up to reserve for suspected COVID-19 hemodialysis patients.

Conclusion

Since we adopted above-mentioned instructions, we have zero infection case during the pandemic of COVID-19.