Title

The emergency department care for hemodialysis patient during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

12-11-2020

Journal

The American journal of emergency medicine

Volume

40

DOI

10.1016/j.ajem.2020.12.006

Keywords

COVID-19; Dialysis; Emergency department; End-stage kidney disease; Hemodialysis; Nephrology

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic poses significant challenges to patients with end-stage kidney disease who receive treatment in outpatient dialysis centers. These patients represent a fragile population that is at higher risk for both infection and transmission. At the start of the pandemic, many suspected COVID-19 dialysis patients were diverted to the emergency department (ED) for testing/treatment, placing a tremendous burden on the ED and inpatient dialysis units. Several recommendations and guidelines have been established to optimize patient care while also decreasing the burden on the ED and inpatient dialysis units and maximizing the ability to perform outpatient hemodialysis. As the pandemic continues, dialysis facilities will have an increasing burden to provide safe and accessible dialysis, while also being able to direct patients to the ED for either emergent dialysis or COVID-19 treatment/testing. We reviewed opinions, recommendations and guidelines developed by professional organizations and dialysis facilities for the management of "patients under investigation" (PUIs) and COVID-19 positive patients that depend on whether the suspicion occurs while the patient is at home vs. at the dialysis center.

Comments

This is an open access PubMed Central article.

Peer Reviewed

1

Open Access

1

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