March 19, 2020 -- A panel of experts from six institutions has released a list of best practices for radiology preparedness during the coronavirus health crisis. It was published on 16 March in the journal Radiology.
The article describes priorities for handling novel coronavirus cases and strategies radiology departments can put into place to contain the spread of the virus and protect hospital staff and patients. Weighing in are members of the journal's editorial board: Dr. Mahmud Mossa-Basha of the University of Washington in Seattle; Dr. Carolyn Meltzer of Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta; Dr. Danny Kim of NYU Langone Health in New York City; Dr. Michael Tuite of the University of Wisconsin in Madison; Dr. Kanti Pallav Kolli of the University of California, San Francisco; and Dr. Bien Soo Tan of Singapore General Hospital.
"Radiology preparedness during this outbreak requires radiology department policies and procedures designed to have enough capacity for continued operation during a healthcare emergency of unprecedented proportions and to support the care of patients with COVID-19," the team said in a statement released by the journal.
The group listed the following best practices:
Limit exposure to the virus.
Determine best use of imaging.
Maintain radiology department operations.
"The Editorial Board hopes that readers may find similarity of the highlighted healthcare systems to their own environment, providing impetus for action or confirmation of their current preparedness activities," concluded Radiology Editor-in-Chief Dr. David Bluemke.