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Conclusions: In our experience, triage procedures and
questionnaires were not helpful in detecting COVID19 in
cancer pts. The incidence of both COVID19 diagnosis
(2%), and SARS-CoV2 antibody positivity in pts tested on
the basis of suspect symptoms (<1%), were similar to
those observed in the general population.

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Training and Information during
COVID19 pandemic: the masterpiece
in young oncologists
Ranallo N.1, Bastianelli L.1, Merloni F.1, Cantini L.1, Ricci G.1,
Ballatore Z.1, Berardi R.1

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faster readiness of the younger operators to acquire new
information and to draw a renewed ability to face an emergency by reorganizing themselves quickly and actively.

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The relevance of pre-triage and
triage sequence for cancer
patients access to the in-patient
and outpatient Oncology Units
at the AOU Mater Domini of
Catanzaro to prevent COVID-19 in
hospital outbreak
D'Apolito M.1, Siciliano M.A.1, Staropoli N.1, Tassone P.1, Tagliaferri
P.1, Barbieri V.1

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Clinica Oncologica e Centro Regionale di Genetica Oncologica, Università
Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, AOU Ospedali Riuniti-Ancona - Ancona,
Ancona

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Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, Magna Græcia
University and Cancer Center, Campus Salvatore Venuta, Catanzaro

Background: COVID 19 pandemic was a health emergency that required a rapid response by the Italian National
Health System. Healthcare professionals needed to be properly trained and informed about their patients' procedures
and proper management. During an emergency, the information must be exhaustive, clear and timely to allow correct
diagnostic and therapeutic continuity. It is also important
that all health workers are promptly and homogeneously
trained to guarantee the best treatment path even during
pandemic. Our survey aimed to investigate the level of
information and training of health workers in oncology during the pandemic and, in particular, the difference in perception between under and over 35 years operators.
Material and Methods: An on-line multiple choices survey was submitted to oncology health workers during the
pandemic to investigate individual perception of resources,
information and staff training management by hospital
centers. No open questions were included.
Results: A total of 383 health workers replied to the survey (116 under 35 years versus 267 over 35 years). In the
under 35s group a total of 65% declared they had been
timely and sufficiently informed to understand the extent
of the problem compared to 50% of over 35 (p=0.007).
About 80% of young professionals were adequately
informed and two thirds (63%) was formed about procedures/recommendations to be followed during the pandemic. But in professionals over 35 only 56% declared to
have the right information and over 65% did not feel adequately trained (p= <0.01). Furthermore, 44% of over 35
felt not sufficiently prepared for the management of the
cancer patient during an epidemic compared to only 28%
of the under 35 (p=0.015).
Conclusions: The survey showed a different perception of
information and training of healthcare professionals based
on the age group. This could be determined by a different
degree of task and responsibility but also by the greater and

Background: The progressive diffusion and high mortality rate of the new Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, has underlined critical needs for the management of patients with
relevant acute and chronic diseases. Cancer patients are
often immunocompromised, therefore at higher risk for
severe illness from COVID-19 and, at the same time, they
experience anxiety and fear due to treatment uncertainty.
Material (patients) and methods: At the aim of protecting
the safety of our patients and healthcare workers, a novel
sequence of pre-triage and triage has been implemented at
our Institution. Despite the importance of protective devices
and telemedicine for deferred follow-up outpatient consults,
we have also introduced a telephone pre-triage in order to
avoid the access of symptomatic patients (asking specific
questions relating to the risk and possibly sending a selfcertification form by mail) with subsequent confirmation of
non-deferrable visits for therapy needs. This predefined
approach has proved to be an effective way to generate a
stronger sense of patient's responsibility and safety. After
the first step, everyone entering our hospital is subject to a
careful external triage with an accurate admission assessment and immediate isolation of suspected cases in a surveillance zone separated from other patients, waiting for
COVID-19 laboratory testing. All these steps have been performed respecting the safety distancing, temperature monitoring and always wearing at least a surgical mask, whether
symptoms exist or not. Moreover, visitors are not allowed at
any time during this emergency period.
Results: Between March 9nd and May 15nd 2020, we have
registered 1772 triaged accesses compared to 1165 in the
same period last year, with a 52% increase for outpatient
treatments and without recording any COVID-19 positive
case, due to the high pressure on regional Calabrian oncology facilities for the lack of patients referral to out-region
institutions. Thanks to the promptly introduction of a containment approach, based on a pre-triage and triage double



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