A primer for pediatric radiologists on infection control in an era of COVID-19

Monica Miranda-Schaeubinger, Einat Blumfield, Govind B. Chavhan, Amy B. Farkas, Aparna Joshi, Shawn E. Kamps, Summer L. Kaplan, Marla B.K. Sammer, Elizabeth Silvestro, A. Luana Stanescu, Raymond W. Sze, Danielle M. Zerr, Tushar Chandra, Emily A. Edwards, Naeem Khan, Eva I. Rubio, Chido D. Vera, Ramesh S. Iyer

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Abstract

Pediatric radiology departments across the globe face unique challenges in the midst of the current COVID-19 pandemic that have not been addressed in professional guidelines. Providing a safe environment for personnel while continuing to deliver optimal care to patients is feasible when abiding by fundamental recommendations. In this article, we review current infection control practices across the multiple pediatric institutions represented on the Society for Pediatric Radiology (SPR) Quality and Safety committee. We discuss the routes of infectious transmission and appropriate transmission-based precautions, in addition to exploring strategies to optimize personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies. This work serves as a summary of current evidence-based recommendations for infection control, and current best practices specific to pediatric radiologists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1191-1204
Number of pages14
JournalPediatric Radiology
Volume50
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2020

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Children
  • Infection control
  • Pediatric radiology
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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