Hypertension and nephrology

[Dialysis service in coronavirus pandemic]

SZEGEDI János1, HORN Péter1, GERGELY László1, TÖLGYESI Katalin1, MOLNÁR Gergely1

FEBRUARY 26, 2022

Hypertension and nephrology - 2022;26(01)

DOI: https://doi.org/10.33668/hn.26.002

[The coronavirus pandemic started at December 2019 from Wuhan. The rate of spread of the coronavirus epidemic has shocked the entire world, and the WHO declared it as a pandemic in March 2020. The first case in Hungary was confirmed in March 2020. The infection primarily damages the lungs but can also infect other organs. The relationship between coronavirus infection and the kidney is bidirectional. On the one hand, the infection can cause acute renal damage, and on the other hand, chronic kidney patients and patients receiving renal replacement therapy are at increased risk of infection due to their immune compromised status. Chronic kidney patients are three times more likely to have a severe Covid-19 infection than the general population. Among patients with severe Covid-19, the incidence of acute renal failure may exceed. Patients treated with the HD program have a higher risk of infection due to transportation and treatment in the common area. The mortality rate of Covid-19 infected patients receiving renal replacement therapy is 20-35% according to international data. Infections occured in all the dialysis centers of the B.Braun Avitum Dialysis Network during both the 2nd and 3rd wave of the epidemic. Epidemiological data confirm that preventive measures are of paramount importance in the field of prevention of infections and in the care of the pandemic. Effective prevention and patient care can only be ensured on the basis of correct epidemiological data. The management of the B.Braun Avitum Dialysis Network decided at the time of the outbreak in Hungary to establish an Operational Staff to perform tasks related to the epidemic. The tasks of the Operational Staff are the following: to ensure an effective, up-to-date connection with the dialysis centers, to update the epidemiological data, and to develop and operate an effective prevention program and action plan. To address the epidemic situation, complex measures were introduced in the Network regulated in a pandemic plan which was periodically reviewed. This document includes detailed hygiene regulations regarding patient transport, screening of dialysis center entrants, proper use of mask and personal protective equipment, hand hygiene, contact and respiratory isolation, rules of behavior, ordering a visitation ban, and regulation of cooperation with the hospital. ]


  1. B.Braun Avitum Hungary Eü. Szolg. Zrt., Budapest



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