Creativity and Safety Paramount in Caring for Kidney Failure Patients with COVID-19

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Good communication, creative use of resources, and protecting dialysis and other hospital staff are all keys to success in caring for COVID-19-positive patients with end-stage kidney disease and acute kidney injury in the hospital, according to Michele H. Mokrzycki, MD, MS, professor of medicine at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx,.

The pandemic developed in New York very quickly, Mokrzycki said, from a few international travelers to hotspots to many communities. As of late spring, her hospital had admitted 829 patients with COVID-19. The nephrology service cared for 47 hemodialysis patients with COVID, 8.5%