Funding for this research was provided by:
Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze (2014.0679)
Philip and Irene Toll Gage Foundation (NA)
Received: 3 August 2020
Accepted: 31 January 2021
First Online: 24 February 2021
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: The institutional review boards of the centre (“Comitato Etico Area Vasta Toscana Centro”) reviewed and approved the study protocol for the Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Careggi in Florence (OSS.16.246). Because of the retrospective nature of this study, written consent for analysis and publication of clinical data was waived from the IRB. All methods of consent were approved by the appropriate ethics committees.
: Not applicable.
: Dr. Gianluca Villa has received honoraria for lectures from Baxter and Pall Italia. Prof. Stefano Romagnoli has received honoraria for lectures/consultancy from Baxter, Orion Pharma, Vygon, MSD, and Medtronic and funds for travel expenses, hotel accommodation, and registration to meetings from Baxter, BBraun, Pall International, Medigas, and Vygon. Prof. Angelo Raffaele De Gaudio has received research grants from MSD Italia, Baxter, and Pall International. The remaining authors disclose that they do not have any potential conflict of interest.