First COVID-19 sub-intensive respiratory unit in Europe: the Italian experience

  • Sonia Henchi | sonia.henchi@gmail.com Pulmonary Medicine Unit, Lodi General Hospital, Lodi, Italy. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0364-8403
  • Clara Benedetta Conti Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy Unit, Local Health Agency, Cremona, Italy. https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9774-2374
  • Nicolò Vanoni Pulmonary Medicine Unit, Lodi General Hospital, Lodi, Italy. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4598-7131
  • Alice Claudia Repossi Pulmonary Medicine Unit, Lodi General Hospital, Lodi, Italy.
  • Giuseppe Cipolla Pulmonary Medicine Unit, Lodi General Hospital, Lodi, Italy. https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5097-5250
  • Mirko Marra School of General Practitioner, ATS Milano Città Metropolitana, Milan, Italy.
  • Elena Esposti School of General Practitioner, ATS Milano Città Metropolitana, Milan, Italy.
  • Michela Fiini Cardiology Unit, Lodi General Hospital, Lodi, Italy.
  • Irene Raimondi Cominesi Cardiology Unit, Lodi General Hospital, Lodi, Italy.
  • Monica Crepaldi Pulmonary Medicine Unit, Lodi General Hospital, Lodi, Italy.
  • Mariano Scozzafava Pulmonary Medicine Unit, Lodi General Hospital, Lodi, Italy. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4706-7352

Abstract

European SARS-CoV-2 pandemic epicenter was detected in Northern Italy, in a little Italian town of Lodi province, the Lodi Hospital was therefore rapidly saturated, and in particularly the departments of respiratory diseases and Intensive Care Unit had been largely involved. In this paper, we describe how the first Sub-intensive Respiratory Unit in Europe completely dedicated to COVID-19 patients was organized and managed in our hospital. From February 25th to April 30th 2020, 156 patients were admitted to our Respiratory Sub-intensive Unit. Among them, 100 were discharged, 28 dead and 28 transferred to ICU for intubation.

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2020-06-23
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Keywords:
COVID-19, severe pneumonia, sub-intensive respiratory unit, department organization, ARDS, ventilation
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Henchi, S., Conti, C. B., Vanoni, N., Repossi, A. C., Cipolla, G., Marra, M., Esposti, E., Fiini, M., Raimondi Cominesi, I., Crepaldi, M., & Scozzafava, M. (2020). First COVID-19 sub-intensive respiratory unit in Europe: the Italian experience. Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine, 15. https://doi.org/10.4081/mrm.2020.682