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Eur J Endocrinol ; 185(4): G35-G42, 2021 Aug 27.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1448609


COVID-19 has changed the nature of medical consultations, emphasizing virtual patient counselling, with relevance for patients with diabetes insipidus (DI) or hyponatraemia. The main complication of desmopressin treatment in DI is dilutional hyponatraemia. Since plasma sodium monitoring is not always possible in times of COVID-19, we recommend to delay the desmopressin dose once a week until aquaresis occurs allowing excess retained water to be excreted. Patients should measure their body weight daily. Patients with DI admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 have a high risk for mortality due to volume depletion. Specialists must supervise fluid replacement and dosing of desmopressin. Patients after pituitary surgery should drink to thirst and measure their body weight daily to early recognize the development of postoperative SIAD. They should know hyponatraemia symptoms. Hyponatraemia in COVID-19 is common with a prevalence of 20-30% and is mostly due to SIAD or hypovolaemia. It mirrors disease severity and is an early predictor of mortality. Hypernatraemia may also develop in COVID-19 patients, with a prevalence of 3-5%, especially in ICU, and derives from different multifactorial reasons, for example, due to insensible water losses from pyrexia, increased respiration rate and use of diuretics. Hypernatraemic dehydration may contribute to the high risk of acute kidney injury in COVID-19. IV fluid replacement should be administered with caution in severe cases of COVID-19 because of the risk of pulmonary oedema.

COVID-19/epidemiology , Diabetes Insipidus/therapy , Endocrinology/standards , Hyponatremia/therapy , Ambulatory Care/methods , Ambulatory Care/standards , Consensus , Diabetes Insipidus/epidemiology , Diabetes Insipidus/pathology , Distance Counseling/methods , Distance Counseling/standards , Endocrinology/history , Endocrinology/trends , Expert Testimony , History, 21st Century , Hospitalization/statistics & numerical data , Humans , Hyponatremia/epidemiology , Hyponatremia/pathology , Pandemics , Practice Patterns, Physicians'/history , Practice Patterns, Physicians'/standards , Practice Patterns, Physicians'/trends , SARS-CoV-2 , Severity of Illness Index , Telemedicine/history , Telemedicine/methods , Telemedicine/standards
Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci ; 25(4): 2109-2113, 2021 Feb.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1116636


OBJECTIVE: Interstitial Cystitis (IC) is a chronic and rare disease, more frequent in women. Symptoms of continuous pain can produce psychological disorders, such as anxiety and depression. The spread of COVID-19 pandemic added to distress experienced by patients with IC emotions, such as fear, sadness, boredom, frustration and anger. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A research on very recent literature outlines the necessity for patients facing the complexity of IC during the COVID-19 outbreak to prevent the temporary crisis, to broaden perspectives, to deal with confusion, to support in struggling with unpleasant and unexpected events. CONCLUSIONS: People affected by IC have a psychological vulnerability that needs tailored support interventions, particularly in the COVID era. A multidisciplinary approach offers a personalized treatment through a web-mediated counseling intervention for patients and their caregivers: a space for continuous discussion and reflection can favour a relationship-based process of change aimed at an improvement in quality of life.

Anxiety/psychology , COVID-19/psychology , Cystitis, Interstitial/psychology , Distance Counseling/methods , Emotions , Internet-Based Intervention , SARS-CoV-2 , Female , Humans , Surveys and Questionnaires
Issues Ment Health Nurs ; 42(1): 3-14, 2021 Jan.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-857479


BACKGROUND: The COVID-19 pandemic is putting a strain on health systems around the world. Healthcare workers, on the front lines of the epidemic, are facing major and potentially traumatic stressful events, overwhelming their ability to cope and their resources. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this article will be to show how the use of the URG-EMDR protocol in a telemental health setting has proven to be feasible and effective in the treatment of a group of healthcare professionals working in nursing homes or hospital services that were highly mobilized during the acute phase of COVID-19. METHOD: 17 participants, registered nurses (N = 7) and licensed practical nurses (N = 10), were remotely treated using the URG-EMDR protocol in a single session. The assessment focused on anxiety and depressive symptoms (HAD scale) and the level of perceived disturbance (SUD). An additional evaluation of the satisfaction with the remote psychotherapy intervention was conducted. RESULTS: As the URG-EMDR protocol has already proven itself during emergency interventions, it is interesting to note that its remote use in the treatment of healthcare providers caring for COVID-19 patients allows for an improvement in the emotional state and a decrease in perceived disturbance, in a single session. This result is maintained 1 week after the intervention, despite the continued professional activities of the participants and the continuity of the event. Moreover, the remote therapy setting was judged satisfactory by the patients, even if it required adjustments and certain recommendations for practice. DISCUSSION: The remote use of the URG-EMDR protocol opens up innovative perspectives for early interventions and the prevention of the development of psychological disorders in the long term following a situation of acute stress.

COVID-19/psychology , Distance Counseling/methods , Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing/methods , Health Personnel/psychology , Occupational Stress/therapy , Adult , Anxiety/diagnosis , Anxiety/etiology , Anxiety/prevention & control , COVID-19/therapy , Depression/diagnosis , Depression/etiology , Depression/prevention & control , Female , Humans , Occupational Stress/diagnosis , Occupational Stress/etiology , Pilot Projects
BMJ Open ; 10(8): e039646, 2020 08 13.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-721207


INTRODUCTION: The SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic poses immense challenges for national and international healthcare systems. Especially in times of social isolation and governmental restrictions, mental health should not be neglected. Innovative approaches are required to support psychologically burdened people. The e-mental health intervention 'CoPE It' has been developed to offer manualised and evidence-based psychotherapeutic support adapted to COVID-19-related issues in order to overcome psychological distress. In our study, we aim to assess the efficacy of the e-mental health intervention 'CoPE It' in terms of reducing distress (primary outcome), depression and anxiety symptoms as well as improving self-efficacy, quality of life and mindfulness (secondary outcomes). Furthermore, we want to evaluate the programme's usability, feasibility and participants' satisfaction with 'CoPE It' (tertiary outcome). METHODS AND ANALYSIS: The e-mental health intervention 'CoPE It' consists of four 30 min modules, conducted every other day, involving psychotherapeutic techniques of mindfulness-based stress reduction and cognitive-behavioural therapy. The widely applied and previously established content has been adapted to the context of the COVID-19 pandemic by experts in psychosomatic medicine and stress prevention. In our longitudinal study, adult participants-with adequate German language and computer skills, and who have provided informed consent-will be recruited via emergency support hotlines in Germany. Flyers will be distributed, and online channels will be used. Participants will complete a baseline assessment (T0), a postintervention assessment (T1) and assessments 1 and 3 months later (T2 and T3, respectively). We will perform repeated measures analysis of covariance, mixed linear models, standard analyses of variance and regression, and correlation coefficients. In case of binary outcome variables, either mixed logistic regression or χ² tests will be used. ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION: The Ethics Committees of the University of Duisburg-Essen (20-9243-BO) and University of Tübingen (469/2020BO) approved the study. Results will be published in peer-reviewed journals and conference presentations. TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER: DRKS00021301.

Adaptation, Psychological , Cognitive Behavioral Therapy/methods , Coronavirus Infections/psychology , Distance Counseling/methods , Mindfulness/methods , Pneumonia, Viral/psychology , Stress, Psychological/therapy , Anxiety/prevention & control , Anxiety/therapy , Betacoronavirus , COVID-19 , Depression/prevention & control , Depression/therapy , Humans , Pandemics , Patient Satisfaction , Quality of Life , SARS-CoV-2 , Self Efficacy , Stress, Psychological/prevention & control
Neurologia (Engl Ed) ; 35(4): 252-257, 2020 May.
Article in English, Spanish | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-700407


INTRODUCTION: The COVID-19 pandemic will give rise to long-term changes in neurological care, which are not easily predictable. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A key informant survey was used to enquire about the changes expected in the specialty over the next 5 years. The survey was completed by heads of neurology departments with broad knowledge of the situation, having been active during the pandemic. RESULTS: Despite a low level of consensus between participants, there was strong (85%) and moderate consensus (70%) about certain subjects, mainly the increase in precautions to be taken, the use of telemedicine and teleconsultations, the reduction of care provided in in-person consultations to avoid the presence of large numbers of people in waiting rooms, the development of remote training solutions, and the changes in monitoring visits during clinical trials. There was consensus that there would be no changes to the indication of complementary testing or neurological examination. CONCLUSION: The key informant survey identified the foreseeable changes in neurological care after the pandemic.

Coronavirus Infections , Health Care Surveys , Nervous System Diseases/therapy , Neurology/trends , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral , Administrative Personnel/psychology , COVID-19 , COVID-19 Testing , Clinical Laboratory Techniques , Clinical Trials as Topic/methods , Consensus , Coronavirus Infections/diagnosis , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Coronavirus Infections/prevention & control , Disease Management , Distance Counseling , Forecasting , Hospital Departments/organization & administration , Humans , Nervous System Diseases/diagnosis , Neurologic Examination , Neurology/methods , Neurology/organization & administration , Pandemics/prevention & control , Patient Isolation , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Pneumonia, Viral/prevention & control , Spain/epidemiology
Farm Hosp ; 44(7): 61-65, 2020 06 13.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-599566


Hospital Pharmacy Service (HPS) in Spain have been impacted by the health  crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, the outbreak has forced HPSs to adapt their outpatient consultation services to Telepharmacy to optimize clinical  outcomes and reduce the risk of contagion. The purpose of this article is to  describe and analyze the experience of HPSs with outpatient Telepharmacy  during the COVID-19 pandemic and expose the lessons learned. Measures have  been adopted in on-site outpatient pharmacy clinics to prevent exposure of  patients and professionals to the virus. These measures are based on national  and international recommendations on social distancing and hygiene. With  regard to remote outpatient pharmacy services, teleconsultation with drug  dispensing has been promoted based on five basic procedures, each with its  advantages and limitations: home drug delivery from HPSs, with the advantage  of universal access and the limitation of entailing a substantial investment in  resources; HPS coordination with primary care pharmacists, which requires no  investments but with limited access to some geographic areas; HPS coordination with community pharmacists based on a large network of pharmacies, which  requires the patient to go to the pharmacy, without confidentiality being  guaranteed for any patient; geolocation and hospital-based medication  dispensing, which provides universal access and direct traceability, but entails  investment in human resources; and HPS coordination with associations of  patients, which does not entail any additional cost but limits the information  available on the diseases of society members. Three main lessons have been learned during the pandemic: the satisfactory capacity of HPS to provide outpatient pharmacy consultation services in the setting of a public health crisis; the usefulness of Telepharmacy for the clinical follow-up, healthcare coordination, outpatient counseling, and informed dispensing and delivery of  medication (with a high level of satisfaction among patients); and the need to  foster Telepharmacy as a complementary tool through a mixed model of  outpatient pharmacy consultation service that incorporates the advantages of  each procedure and adapts to the individual needs of each patient in a context of humanized healthcare.

Los servicios de farmacia hospitalaria (SFH) en España se han visto afectados  por la crisis sanitaria provocada por SARS-CoV-2 y han tenido que adoptar sus  procedimientos de atención farmacéutica (AF) al paciente externo (PE) mediante estrategias de Telefarmacia, con los objetivos de maximizar los resultados en  salud y reducir el riesgo de contagio. El objetivo de ese artículo es describir y  analizar los procedimientos AFPE durante la pandemia SARS-CoV-2 y comunicar  las lecciones aprendidas en los SFH. En relación con las consultas externas de AF presenciales, se han adoptado medidas para minimizar el contagio viral de  pacientes y profesionales, siguiendo las recomendaciones nacionales e  internacionales de referencia de distanciamiento temporal, espacial y  recomendaciones higiénicas. En cuanto a las consultas externas de AF no  presenciales, se han potenciado las teleconsultas con dispensación del  tratamiento en base a cinco procedimientos básicos, cada uno de ellos con sus  ventajas y limitaciones: dispensación domiciliaria desde SFH que presenta las  ventajas de la universalidad de acceso, pero requiere una elevada inversión en  recursos; coordinación del SHF con farmacéuticos de atención primaria, que  conlleva una nula inversión en recursos, pero limita el acceso a determinadas zonas geográficas; coordinación del SFH con farmacéuticos comunitarios, que  utiliza una amplia red de oficinas de farmacia, pero exige el desplazamiento del  paciente sin garantías de confidencialidad para todos los casos; geolocalización y dispensación hospitalaria, que permite un acceso universal y trazabilidad directa, pero requiere un incremento en recursos humanos; y coordinación del SFH con  asociaciones de pacientes, que no requiere inversión económica, pero limita el  acceso a las patologías de los asociados. Destacamos finalmente tres lecciones  aprendidas: la capacidad de AFPE de SFH españoles ante una crisis sanitaria; la  utilidad de la Telefarmacia para el seguimiento clínico, la coordinación  asistencial, información al PE, dispensación y entrega informada (con elevada  satisfacción de los pacientes); y la necesidad de potenciar la Telefarmacia como herramienta complementaria, en un modelo mixto de AFPE que incorpore las  ventajas de cada uno de los procedimientos adaptándose a las necesidades individuales de los pacientes en un entorno de humanización de la asistencia  sanitaria.

Ambulatory Care/organization & administration , Betacoronavirus , Coronavirus Infections , Delivery of Health Care/organization & administration , Pandemics , Pharmacy Service, Hospital/organization & administration , Pneumonia, Viral , Telemedicine/organization & administration , COVID-19 , Delivery of Health Care/statistics & numerical data , Directive Counseling/organization & administration , Distance Counseling/organization & administration , Forecasting , Geography, Medical , Health Services Needs and Demand , Home Care Services/organization & administration , Hospitals, University/organization & administration , Humans , Medication Systems, Hospital/organization & administration , Outpatients , Patient Education as Topic/organization & administration , Pharmacy Service, Hospital/statistics & numerical data , SARS-CoV-2 , Spain