The Aftermath of Coronavirus Disease 2019

Devastation or a New Dawn for Nephrology?

Rajiv Agarwal


Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2020;35(6):904-907. 

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Infection Control

Nephrologists and other healthcare workers became acutely aware of social distancing; donning and doffing masks, gloves and gowns; and hand hygiene. Behaviors learned in the time of crisis were closely followed not just to protect patients, but also the health of the caregiver. Hand hygiene, discovered by the Hungarian physician Ignaz Semmelweis >150 years ago, is not universal among healthcare workers. However, this behavior is likely to stay. If so, we can expect to see a decrease in preventable infections such as exit-site infections, catheter-related bacteremia and peritonitis.