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How to optimize the Radiology protocol during the global COVID-19 epidemic: Keypoints from Sichuan Provincial People's Hospital

Authors
  • Pan, Lingai1
  • Zeng, Jie2
  • Pu, Hong3
  • Peng, Shengkun3
  • 1 Department of Critical Care Medicine, Sichuan Academy of Medical Sciences and Sichuan Provincial People's Hospital, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 610072, Sichuan Province, China
  • 2 Department of Cardiology, Sichuan Academy of Medical Sciences and Sichuan Provincial People's Hospital, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 610072, Sichuan Province, China
  • 3 f China, Chengdu 610072, Sichuan Province, China
Type
Published Article
Journal
Clinical Imaging
Publisher
Published by Elsevier Inc.
Publication Date
Aug 05, 2020
Volume
69
Pages
324–327
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.clinimag.2020.07.008
PMID: 33045477
PMCID: PMC7405883
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
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Abstract

Currently, the COVID-19 pneumonia epidemic is spreading worldwide. Pulmonary imaging plays an important role. The pulmonary imaging (chest computed tomography and Digital radiography) are indispensable for definitive diagnosis and reexamination. It should be noted that nosocomial infection is not uncommon. Many cases including health workers are infected. This is the experience of our radiology department's protocols during the outbreak, we used this protocol to cope with the COVID-19 in Sichuan Province, besides,there is zero infection for health workers during the whole epidemic. So, we would like to share our experience to other radiologists to avoid the nosocomial infection as low as possible. We have six key points for updating the protocol in the epidemic period of COVID-19: 1. Triage system: three-level triage, 2. Maximum Protection Principle, 3. Technical operation principle: careful, fast and stable, 4. Radiologist's Responsibility and Notice, 5. Disinfection measures of machine room, 6. Hospital information construction, network office, accelerate the sharing of imaging, and carry out MDT consultation.

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