Recommendations from the Brazilian Society of Nephrology regarding the use of cloth face coverings, by chronic kidney patients in dialysis, during the new coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19)

J Bras Nefrol. 2020 Aug 26;42(2 suppl 1):9-11. doi: 10.1590/2175-8239-JBN-2020-S103.
[Article in En, Portuguese]

Abstract

These recommendations were created after the publication of informative note 3/2020- CGGAP/DESF/SAPS/MS, of April 4, 2020, in which the Brazilian Ministry of Health recommended the use of a cloth mask by the population, in public places. Taking into account the necessary prioritization of the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for patients with suspected or confirmed disease, as well as for healthcare professionals, the SBN is favorable concerning the wear of cloth masks by chronic kidney patients in dialysis, in public settings, except in the dialysis setting. The present recommendations have eleven items, related to this rationale, the procedures, indications, contraindications, as well as appropriate fabrics for the mask, and hygiene care to be adopted. These recommendations may change, at any time, in the light of new evidence.

As presentes recomendações foram elaboradas após a publicação da Nota Informativa nº 3/2020 CGGAP/DESF/SAPS/MS, em 4 de abril de 2020, na qual o Ministério da Saúde recomenda o uso de máscara de pano por toda a população, em locais públicos. Levando-se em consideração a necessária priorização do fornecimento de Equipamentos de Proteção Individual (EPIs) para pacientes com suspeita ou confirmação da doença, assim como para profissionais de saúde, a Sociedade Brasileira de Nefrologia (SBN) posicionou-se favoravelmente ao uso de máscaras de pano por pacientes renais crônicos em diálise, em ambientes públicos, exceto no ambiente da diálise. As presentes recomendações englobam onze itens relativos ao que é racional para posicionamento, procedimentos, indicações, contraindicações, assim como tecidos apropriados para confecção e os cuidados de higiene a serem adotados. Essas recomendações poderão ser modificadas a qualquer momento, à luz de novas evidências.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus*
  • Brazil
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology
  • Coronavirus Infections / prevention & control*
  • Health Personnel
  • Humans
  • Masks / standards*
  • Nephrology / standards
  • Occupational Diseases / prevention & control
  • Pandemics / prevention & control*
  • Personal Protective Equipment / standards*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology
  • Pneumonia, Viral / prevention & control*
  • Protective Clothing / standards
  • Renal Dialysis*
  • Renal Insufficiency, Chronic / therapy
  • Societies, Medical
  • Textiles*
  • Urology Department, Hospital / standards

Supplementary concepts

  • COVID-19
  • severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2