COVID-19 Publications

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Oct, 2020

SARS-CoV-2 testing and infection control strategies in European paediatric emergency departments during the first wave of the pandemic

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Published in: European Journal of Pediatrics

 

Authors: Malte Kohns Vasconcelos & Hanna Renk & Jolanta Popielska & Maggie Nyirenda Nyang’wa & Sigita Burokiene & Despoina Gkentzi & Ewelina Gowin & Daniele Donà & Sara Villanueva-Medina & Andrew Riordan & Markus Hufnagel & Sarah Eisen & Liviana Da Dalt & Carlo Giaquinto & Julia A. Bielicki1

 

Abstract: Between February and May 2020, during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, paediatric emergency departments in 12 European countries were prospectively surveyed on their implementation of SARS-CoV-2 disease (COVID-19) testing and infection control strategies. All participating departments (23) implemented standardised case definitions, testing guidelines, early triage and infection control strategies early in the outbreak. Patient testing criteria initially focused on suspect cases and later began to include screening, mainly for hospital admissions. Long turnaround times for test results likely put additional strain on healthcare resources.

Conclusion: Shortening turnaround times for SARS-CoV-2 tests should be a priority. Specific paediatric testing criteria are needed.

 

Download the full article here.KohnsVasconcelos2020_Article_SARS-CoV-2TestingAndInfectionC

25

May, 2020

38th European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID) Annual Meeting

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Hosted by leading international experts, thousands of clinicians, researchers, residents, and students will come together on 25-30 May 2020 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Building on the success and innovation of previous meetings, ESPID 2020 will feature a wide range of sessions and learning opportunities, showcasing the latest research and developments in paediatric infectious diseases and related topics.

More information on meeting website

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