Joint statement from ASN, ERA-EDTA, ISN
The COVID-19 pandemic presents numerous challenges to health care systems across all continents and in particular in developing countries. Vulnerable kidney patients requiring dialysis are facing live-threatening situations.
- Many regular dialysis services have been interrupted to prepare hospitals to provide care to COVID-19 patients.
- 20-30% of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 develop kidney failure, leading to a surge in requirement for dialysis.
- Drugs and consumables necessary for dialysis treatment are in shortage
- PPE is in shortage and healthcare professionals are ill-equipped
- Centers are understaffed due to illness and quarantine
- Patients are in lock-down and cannot travel to dialysis centers
Together, the three societies are requesting urgent action by:
- Providing support to staff, nephrologists, and other health professionals delivering life-saving dialysis treatments to these vulnerable patients.
- Prioritizing rapid testing capabilities and supply of personal protective equipment
The COVID-19 and Nephrology section on the ISN website is updated daily with resources, guidance and reports from around the world.