Preparedness and Response to the COVID-19 Emergency: Experience from the Teaching Hospital of Pisa, Italy

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 Oct 9;17(20):7376. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17207376.


In Italy, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency took hold in Lombardy and Veneto at the end of February 2020 and spread unevenly among the other regions in the following weeks. In Tuscany, the progressive increase of hospitalized COVID-19 patients required the set-up of a regional task force to prepare for and effectively respond to the emergency. In this case report, we aim to describe the key elements that have been identified and implemented in our center, a 1082-bed hospital located in the Pisa district, to rapidly respond to the COVID-19 outbreak in order to guarantee safety of patients and healthcare workers.

Keywords: COVID-19 hospital; SARS-CoV-2; disinfection; personal protective equipment.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology
  • Coronavirus Infections / prevention & control*
  • Disease Outbreaks / prevention & control*
  • Hospitals, Teaching / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Italy / epidemiology
  • Pandemics / prevention & control*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology
  • Pneumonia, Viral / prevention & control*