Background/Aim: In 2020, because of coronavirus pandemic, medical activities changed. The aim of this report is to compare the volumes of Pisa radiotherapy activities from March 9th to May 31st, 2020, with the same period in 2019. Patients and Methods: We analyzed the activity of our Unit to evaluate how logistics changes, related to the COVID-19 epidemic, impacted on volumes of radiotherapy (RT) activity and on the number of cases of COVID-19 infections observed in healthcare professionals and patients. Results: The total number of first-time visits between March-May 2020 was reduced by 18%, probably due to delays in diagnosis and histological tests as well as the temporary closure of the operating rooms. None of the healthcare professionals and only two patients contracted the infection. Conclusion: We were able to treat all patients referred to our hospital and we were able to reduce risk of infection for both our patients and healthcare staff, guaranteeing continuum of care for our oncological patient

Radiotherapy in the COVID-19 Pandemic Era

Gonnelli Alessandra
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Montrone Sabrina;Cocuzza Paola;Ursino Stefano;Mattioni Roberto;Calistri Elisa;Pasqualetti Francesco;Paiar Fabiola
2020-01-01

Abstract

Background/Aim: In 2020, because of coronavirus pandemic, medical activities changed. The aim of this report is to compare the volumes of Pisa radiotherapy activities from March 9th to May 31st, 2020, with the same period in 2019. Patients and Methods: We analyzed the activity of our Unit to evaluate how logistics changes, related to the COVID-19 epidemic, impacted on volumes of radiotherapy (RT) activity and on the number of cases of COVID-19 infections observed in healthcare professionals and patients. Results: The total number of first-time visits between March-May 2020 was reduced by 18%, probably due to delays in diagnosis and histological tests as well as the temporary closure of the operating rooms. None of the healthcare professionals and only two patients contracted the infection. Conclusion: We were able to treat all patients referred to our hospital and we were able to reduce risk of infection for both our patients and healthcare staff, guaranteeing continuum of care for our oncological patient
Gonnelli, Alessandra; Montrone, Sabrina; Cocuzza, Paola; Ursino, Stefano; Manfredi, Bruno; Mattioni, Roberto; Coccia, Natalia; Fuentes, Thaiusha; Calistri, Elisa; Pasqualetti, Francesco; Paiar, Fabiola
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