Prevention and protection measures of healthcare workers exposed in health settings to severe acute respiratory infections from SARS-COV-2 in a university hospital in Bari, Apulia Region, Southern Italy


SARS-CoV-2-related SARIs (severe acute respiratory infections) have a major impact on public health; moreover, healthcare workers (HCWs) are exposed to a high biological risk. The aim of this study was to show the prevention procedures in place in the University Hospital of Bari (Apulia Region, Southern Italy) to reduce this risk to HCWs, consisting of the enhancement of preventive measures and the activation of a report system to collect HCWs’ contacts. To date, 23 confirmed cases of infections (0.4% of all HCWs) have been reported in a 30-day observation period. These results show that correct management of HCWs’ contacts is essential to avoid nosocomial clusters.

Authors: Vimercati Luigi, Dell’Erba Alessandro, Migliore Giovanni, De Maria Luigi, Caputi Antonio, Quarato Marco, Stefanizzi Pasquale, Cavone Domenica, Ferorelli Davide, Sponselli Stefania, Mansi Francesca, Tafuri Silvio
; Full Source: The Journal of Hospital Infection. 2020 May 20;S0195-6701(20)30255-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2020.05.024. Online ahead of print.