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The American College of Nuclear Medicine Guidance on Operating Procedures for a Nuclear Medicine Facility During COVID-19 Pandemic.

Authors
  • Tulchinsky, Mark1
  • Osmany, Saabry
  • 1 From the Section of Nuclear Medicine, Department of Radiology, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State Health, Hershey, PA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Clinical nuclear medicine
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2021
Volume
46
Issue
7
Pages
571–574
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1097/RLU.0000000000003146
PMID: 32358234
Source
Medline
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The novel coronavirus 2 pandemic is causing widespread disruption in everyday life necessitating urgent and radical adaptations in operating procedures at nuclear medicine facilities. The potential for causing severe illness, COVID-19, calls for strict observance of preventive measures aimed to mitigate the spread of the virus. The threat of COVID-19 is particularly serious as there is no vaccine and no specific antiviral therapy. Further complications are introduced by shortages of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers who have direct contact with patients and effective testing to identify infected patients, raising the need for delaying some testing and therapies. Certain vulnerable segments of the general population have been identified (advanced age and certain comorbidities), which should heighten further their preventive efforts. Therefore, this guidance is intended to be operationalized depending on a facility's specific needs and local disease prevalence. Copyright © 2020 American College of Nuclear Medicine.

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