Successful management plan of COVID-19 in a pediatric hemato-oncology department: a single-centre experience.

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COVID-19 pandemic raised concern about management of patients with paediatric cancer. We present the operating system that the Hemato-Oncology Department of the Santobono-Pausilipon Hospital applied. We divided our department in three zones: surveillance and screening; quarantine and COVID free, in order to screen admitted patients and to reduce the risk of cross infection. From 3 April until 29 May 2020 (56 days), 662 patients and caregivers underwent rapid serological tests for a total of 1397 assays. No patient or parent with SARS-CoV2 infection was found, demonstrating the effectiveness of COVID-19 screening process.

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Authors: Pio Stellato, Annalisa Granata, Antonia De Matteo, Carlo Capelli, Matteo Paparo, Rosanna Parasole, Immacolata Ricciardi, Francesco Paolo Tambaro, Ornella Leone, Lucia Quaglietta, Giuseppe Menna, Nicola Silvestri