Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
Interventional Radiology - Review

Interventional radiology and COVID-19: evidence-based measures to limit transmission

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Department of Emergency and Trauma Radiology, Vancouver General Hospital, University of British Columbia, Canada

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Department of Diagnostic Radiology, NHG, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, 90 Yishun Central, Singapore

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Department of Emergency and Trauma Radiology and Interventional Radiology, Vancouver General Hospital, University of British Columbia, Canada

Diagn Interv Radiol 2020; 26: 236-240
DOI: 10.5152/dir.2020.20166
Read: 441 Downloads: 140 Published: 27 March 2020

As we face an explosion of COVID-19 cases and deal with an unprecedented set of circumstances all over the world, healthcare personnel are at the forefront, dealing with this emerging scenario. Certain subspecialties like interventional radiology entails a greater risk of acquiring and transmitting infection due to the close patient contact and invasive patient care the service provides. This makes it imperative to develop and set guidelines in place to limit transmission and utilize resources in an optimal fashion. A multi-tiered approach needs to be devised and monitored at the administrative level, taking into account the various staff and patient contact points. Based on these factors, work site and health force rearrangements need to be in place while enforcing segregation and disinfection parameters. We are putting forth an all-encompassing review of infection control measures that cover the dynamics of patient care and staff protocols that such a situation demands of an interventional department.

You may cite this article as: Chandy PE, Nasir MU, Srinivasan S, Klass D, Nicolaou S, Babu SB. Interventional radiology and COVID-19: evidence-based measures to limit transmission. Diagn Interv Radiol 2020; DOI 10.5152/dir.2020. 20166.

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