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Guidance for resumption of routine electrodiagnostic testing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Authors
  • Desai, Urvi1
  • Kassardjian, Charles D2
  • Del Toro, David3
  • Gleveckas-Martens, Nida4
  • Srinivasan, Jayashri5
  • Venesy, Deborah6
  • Narayanaswami, Pushpa7
  • 1 Carolinas Neuromuscular ALS MDA Clinic, Atrium Health, Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • 2 Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, St. Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 3 Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • 4 Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois.
  • 5 Lahey Hospital Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 6 Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio.
  • 7 Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/ Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. , (Israel)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Muscle & Nerve
Publisher
Wiley (John Wiley & Sons)
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2020
Volume
62
Issue
2
Pages
176–181
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1002/mus.26990
PMID: 32462675
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

As the world accommodates to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, routine in-person medical services are resuming. The resumption of non urgent electrodiagnostic (EDX) testing faces unique challenges due to the long duration of the procedure and direct close contact with patients, including studies with risk of exposure to oropharyngeal secretions. We provide consensus guidance for resumption of EDX testing, addressing scheduling, patient arrival and registration, use of personal protective equipment, COVID-19 screening and testing, the performance of EDX testing in outpatient and inpatient settings, cleaning and maintenance of the EDX equipment and laboratory, balancing trainee safety and training requirements, and patient care issues. These are broad recommendations that need to be adapted to local COVID-19 risks, institutional guidelines and policies, and changing federal, state, and local regulations, and to changes in the pandemic over time. © 2020 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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