Infection Control and Management of COVID-19: Challenges for Paediatric Tertiary Care Hospitals [post]

Jonathan Remppis, Tina Ganzenmueller, Malte Kohns Vasconcelos, Oliver Heinzel, Rupert Handgretinger, Hanna Renk
2020 unpublished
PURPOSE: To describe infection control measures and patient management at a tertiary children's hospital in southern Germany during the COVID-19 pandemic.METHODS: Prospective, observational study of infection control measures, patient management, clinical and virologic data of paediatric patients treated at our hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic from February to May 2020. Infection control measures were documented beginning with preparation for the pandemic. All paediatric patients with
more » ... cted SARS-CoV-2 infection were prospectively included in the study.RESULTS: With local triage, restraint of patient admission and testing strategies implemented, healthcare capacity remained adequate and no healthcare-associated infections occurred. Workload in the paediatric emergency department significantly decreased following the lockdown of schools and kindergartens. 7 of 174 (4%) children with and 2 of 208 (1%) children without typical symptoms, respectively, were diagnosed with COVID-19 by PCR. Six out of nine inpatients treated for COVID-19 had underlying comorbidities, two were admitted to the intensive care unit. One patient died shortly after discharge.CONCLUSIONS: While COVID-19 generally causes mild disease in children, severe illness and fatal cases may occur, particularly among children with underlying diseases. Tertiary children's hospitals may face challenges with treating potential high-risk patients during the pandemic. Thus, timely establishment of effective testing and triage strategies is crucial.
doi:10.21203/ fatcat:v4gjogcp4vhmbg6yn6jjuf6caq