Management and infection control practices in a Taiwanese radiology department during the COVID-19 outbreak

Wing P. Chan, Min Szu Yao, Ming Fang Lin, Hsiu Chin Chang, Russell Oliver Kosik, Wen Sen Lee

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Abstract

The radiology department was categorized as a “high risk area” during the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2003 and is similarly considered a “high risk area” during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The purpose of infection control is to isolate patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 from uninfected people by utilizing separate equipment, spaces, and healthcare workers. Infection control measures should be prioritized to prevent the nosocomial spread of infection. We established a COVID-19 infection control team in our radiology department. The team's responsibilities include triaging patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, performing imaging and reporting, using dedicated equipment, disinfecting the equipment and the immediate environment, and staff scheduling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-358
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Microbiology, Immunology and Infection
Volume54
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Coronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • Guidelines
  • Infection control
  • Radiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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