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EBMT 2020 Annual Meeting - Nursing in lockdown

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Nurses Programme Opening Session - Monday 31 August, 09:50-10:20H, Auditorium 3

Nurses all over the world continue to place themselves on the front line in the battle against SARS-CoV-2. In this 30-minute presentation, two specialist bone marrow transplant nurses from Spain, Julia Ruiz and Isabel Salcedo, both based in Madrid, will report on the traumatic experience of lockdown and how the situation has been managed since restrictions have been lifted.

Their talk will cover:

  • Past and current coronavirus situation in Spain
  • Nursing experience during lockdown
  • Nursing experience during de-escalation
  • Nursing experience today, with cases now increasing rapidly in Madrid and other parts of Spain

“We will start by reviewing the past and current COVID-19 situation in the world and in Spain, one of the most affected European countries. We will consider especially how the disease has impacted on the region of Madrid, in terms of infected, hospitalised patients and deaths due to SARS-CoV2 and the public health measures put in place to control the pandemic,” says Julia, who is Quality Manager-Transplant Coordinator, an EBMT Nurses Group Global Educational Committee Member, and works at Hospital Universitario Niño Jesús, Madrid.

“We will then review some of the studies performed in Spain, starting with the nationwide  seroprevalence study and following with a couple of surveys on healthcare professionals, pointing out the results from and implications for the nursing profession,” says Dr Salcedo, who is also a research coordinator and an EBMT Nurses Group Research Committee Member, and works at Hospital Universitario Puerta de Hierro Majadahonda, Madrid.

They will share experiences of nurse managers and nurses from different hospitals, and also how care plans were modified, promoting patient-centered care plans, home care programmes and how protective measures and hygiene procedures have been reinforced for safety.  The presentation will also discuss the leading role of nurses in patient health education and in promoting the best evidence-based practice in order to reduce impact of new outbreaks.