Casale Monferrato Headquarters (Alessandria), The cure begins at home
In the face of the COVID-19 emergency, the Fondazione Buzzi Unicem (Buzzi Unicem Foundation) had agreed to fund a pilot, home-based monitoring study in the Casale Monferrato and Turin areas, coordinated by the Istituto Mario Negri (Mario Negri Institute).
The choice of the project is a reflection of the spirit of the Foundation and the Buzzi family to provide a quality, scientifically validated service to help the Piedmont region respond to the ongoing health emergency.
Patients with COVID-19 symptoms were eligible for the study if their general practitioner, attending physician or the 118 center (emergency health center) had elected not to send them directly to the Emergency Room. These patients were all able to be monitored at home by a team of specifically trained and fully equipped physiotherapists, who checked their respiratory function with an oximeter and subjected them to a “walk test” on a daily basis, and conferred with their doctors if and when they should be hospitalized.
Under the supervision of Dr. Guido Bertolini, The Crisis Unit at the Mario Negri Institute gathered and processed the data and coordinated the logistics of the entire project.
The Buzzi Unicem Foundation provided full funding for the initiative. The project was successful with a large number of monitored cases.