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A Report from COVID-19 Italian Epicentre: LODI Hospital Experience in Healthcare Workers Protection

Version 1 : Received: 25 May 2020 / Approved: 26 May 2020 / Online: 26 May 2020 (08:25:05 CEST)

How to cite: Baracco, A.; Beccarini, V.; Filippin, A.; Bosio, D.; Perotti, G.; Lombardo, M. A Report from COVID-19 Italian Epicentre: LODI Hospital Experience in Healthcare Workers Protection. Preprints 2020, 2020050425 Baracco, A.; Beccarini, V.; Filippin, A.; Bosio, D.; Perotti, G.; Lombardo, M. A Report from COVID-19 Italian Epicentre: LODI Hospital Experience in Healthcare Workers Protection. Preprints 2020, 2020050425

Abstract

The report describes organizational and occupational strategies adopted by Lody Public Hospital (the first epicentre of Covid-19 outbreak in Italy) in order to face pandemic. Occupational Safety System (OSH) introduced infection prevention and control strategies (IPC) for the protection of healthcare workers (HCWs, while a reorganization of whole hospital based on the level of intensity of care for COVID-19 patients was estabilished. Screening on HCWs (N= 248) by nasopharyngeal swabs for SARS-CoV-2 and comparison between HCWs and local population (N=1123) are shown. These preliminary data, collected from 25th February till 25th March 2020, confirms that measures adopted mitigate the effects of virus transmission within the hospital and reduced the HCW component of the transmission of the infection. Additional studies in depth are currently underway.

Subject Areas

SARS‐CoV‐2; CoVID-19; healthcare workers; HCWs protection; Lodi; infection prevention and control strategies

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