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As GiViTI (Italian Group for the Evaluation of Interventions in Intensive Care Medicine) we have chosen to encourage, through the organization of three YouTube videoconferences, the communication between different professional figures involved in the management of COVID-19 epidemic, in order to share concrete experiences, needs and errors of those who have been involved in this emergency since the first days.

The goal of these videoconferences is to share experiences. GiViTI doesn’t have among its purposes that of providing diagnostic and therapeutic recommendations or producing guidelines, much less during a historical period of strong uncertainty in which knowledge is evolving day by day.

First Videoconference – 10/03/2020


During the first videoconference, colleagues from Lodi, Pavia, Monza and Lecco Intensive Care Units have spoken, recounting their experience both from the ward organizational point of view both from the clinical point of view, with regard to the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 positive patients.

In particular, the following intervened:

  • Pier Giorgio Villani, ICU, Maggiore Hospital, Lodi 
  • Andrea Bottazzi, ICU, Fondazione Policlinico San Matteo, Pavia 
  • Silvia Mongodi, ICU, Fondazione Policlinico San Matteo, Pavia
  • Roberto Rona, ICU, San Gerardo Hospital, Monza
  • Andrea Forastieri, ICU, Alessandro Manzoni Hospital, Lecco
  • Paolo Maniglia, ICU, Alessandro Manzoni Hospital, Lecco
  • Giuseppe Nattino, ICU, Alessandro Manzoni Hospital, Lecco
  • Clara Ripamonti, ICU, Alessandro Manzoni Hospital, Lecco
  • Gina Portella, Emergency

Second Videoconference – 17/03/2020


During the second videoconference we focused instead on the organizational and managerial aspects, on the patient paths, the separation between clean and dirty areas and the protection of staff.

The following intervened:

  • Angelo Pan, Infectious disease Specialist, Cremona Hospital
  • Mario Tavola, ICU, Alessandro Manzoni Hospital, Lecco
  • Clara Ripamonti, ICU, Alessandro Manzoni Hospital, Lecco
  • Carlo Olivieri, ICU, Sant’Andrea Hospital, Vercelli
  • Gina Portella, Emergency
  • Leonardo Radicchi, Emergency, Logistic Coordinator of Structures with Infectious Emergency

Third Videoconference – 24/03/2020


Finally, during the third videoconference we focused on the psychological aspects related to staff stress and communication with patients’ relatives.

The following intervened:

  • Roberto Rona, ICU, San Gerardo Hospital, Monza
  • Alberto Lucchini, ICU, San Gerardo Hospital, Monza
  • Mirco Nacoti, ICU, Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital, Bergamo
  • Ivo Lizzola, Philosopher and Professor at University of Bergamo
  • Maria Simonetta Spada, Psychologist, Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital, Bergamo
  • Maria Grazie Strepparava, Psychologist and Professor at the University of Milan Bicocca