Safeguarding the Maintenance Hemodialysis Patient Population during the Coronavirus Disease 19 Pandemic

Blood Purif. 2020;49(3):259-264. doi: 10.1159/000507537. Epub 2020 Apr 1.


The World Health Organization has recognized the pandemic nature of the coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) outbreak. A large proportion of positive patients require hospitalization, while 5-6% of them may need more aggressive therapies in intensive care. Most governments have recommended social separation and severe measures of prevention of further spreading of the epidemic. Because hemodialysis (HD) patients need to access hospital and dialysis center facilities 3 times a week, this category of patients requires special attention. In this editorial, we tried to summarize the experience of our centers that hopefully may contribute to help other centers and colleagues that are facing the coming wave of the epidemic. Special algorithms for COVID-19 spreading in the dialysis population, recommendations for isolation and preventive measures in positive HD patients, and finally directions to manage logistics and personnel are reported. These recommendations should be considered neither universal nor absolute. Instead, they require local adjustments based on geographic location, cultural and social environments, and level of available resources.

Keywords: Coronavirus; Coronavirus disease 19; Hemodialysis; Prevention.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Appointments and Schedules
  • Betacoronavirus*
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections / complications
  • Coronavirus Infections / prevention & control*
  • Coronavirus Infections / transmission
  • Hemodialysis Units, Hospital / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Kidney Diseases / complications
  • Kidney Diseases / therapy*
  • Pandemics / prevention & control*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / complications
  • Pneumonia, Viral / prevention & control*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / transmission
  • Renal Dialysis*
  • SARS-CoV-2