Coronavirus (259) Lessons learned from Italy with the United States

30 March, 2020

The message below is forwarded from the WHO Global Patient Safety Network.


Grateful appreciation for Sara Albolino, Ph.D. and Giulia Dagliana, PSM, MSc. on COVID-19 lessons learned.

Sara and Giulia shared lessons learned and provided valuable guidance to US in a podcast. The podcast has been widely circulated among healthcare provider organizations, patient advocates, and government organizations.

In the 50 minute podcast, there is discussion on:

- Have entire country following same mitigation strategy and implement early

- Test to identify cases and to understand support and equipment needs

- Provide ample Personal Protective Equipment to avoid deaths and illness among healthcare workers and reduce spread of COVID-19 to uninfected COVID-19 patients

- Have ample ventilators as most patients will use a ventilator for 11 ­ 21 days. Have a plan on how you will handle without enough ventilators

- Utilize hotels for post hospitalization and less serious COVID-19 cases and have separate hotels for hospital staff as some will barely get any sleep during the peak of COVID-19

- Prepare staff and families that patients may die alone ­ which is very difficult but families aree not allowed in intensive care

- Document and widely share processes that have positive health outcomes for COVID-19 patients ­ healthcare providers are desperate forr solutions

To listen to the podcast,

Very grateful that in the midst of so much heartbreak in Italy that Sara and Giulia shared their knowledge and expertise so that others can implement strategies that worked and helped us to prepare. As all of you may know, we are in the midst of many large outbreaks in the US - including in Chicago where I am located.

Take care everyone - and let's work to ensure we are doing everything we can to protect and save patients and our healthcare workers.

Warmest thoughts and gratitude,


Patricia Merryweather-Arges

Executive Director

Project Patient Care

321 N. Clark Street, Suite 500 Chicago, Illinois 60654

United States


Forwarded by Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA moderator