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ISUOG Safety Committee Position Statement on use of personal protective equipment and hazard mitigation in relation to SARS‐CoV‐2 for practitioners undertaking obstetric and gynecological ultrasound

Abramowicz, J. S.; Basseal, J. M.; Brezinka, C.; Dall'Asta, A.; Deng, J.; Harrison, G.; Lee, J. C. S.; Lim, A.; Maršal, K.; Miloro, P.; Poon, L. C.; Salvesen, K. Å.; Sande, R.; Haar, G.; Westerway, S. C.; Xie, M. X.; Lees, C. (2020) ISUOG Safety Committee Position Statement on use of personal protective equipment and hazard mitigation in relation to SARS‐CoV‐2 for practitioners undertaking obstetric and gynecological ultrasound. Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology, 55 (6). pp. 886-891. ISSN 0960-7692

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Abstract

In view of the challenges of the current coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic, the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG) has compiled the following expert-opinion-based guidance on safe use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and how to reduce the hazard of SARS-CoV-2 infection for clinicians undertaking ultrasound examinations (physicians, sonographers and allied professionals). The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has released a technical report for wearing and removing PPE in healthcare settings managing patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection1, as have the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)2, World Health Organization (WHO)3 and, in the UK, Public Health England (PHE)4. At the time of writing, none of these recommendations has addressed the safe use of PPE when performing ultrasound examinations specifically. As guidance in relation to PPE differs from country to country and region to region, we recommend that local guidance is followed when this is available; if no guidance specific to ultrasound examinations exists, this document may be referenced.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Acoustics > Ultrasound
Identification number/DOI: 10.1002/uog.22035
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2020 14:41
URI: http://eprintspublications.npl.co.uk/id/eprint/8876

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