Living with COVID-19 pandemic – Emerging challenges for ultrasound physicians and their suggested solution

Keywords: Ultrasound, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Pandemic, Disinfection, Triage

Abstract

Background

The recent coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is a serious health concern with far-reaching implications in every facet of human life. New challenges have emerged for ultrasound physicians engaged in diagnostic ultrasound examinations.

Methods

Based on a comprehensive literature review the author has suggested a few precautionary measures that should be incorporated by the ultrasound physicians in their practice against the spread of coronavirus disease.

Discussion

Multi-level safeguard checks before, during, and after the ultrasound examination are suggested to protect ultrasound physicians, staff, and patients from COVID-19. The importance of triage for patient screening is stressed.  Also limiting patients by deferring non-urgent cases and canceling aerosol-generating procedures is recommended. The need for counseling of patients and staff is stressed regarding the importance of facemasks, hand hygiene, and safe distancing. Incorporating different types of barriers against the virus such as facemasks, face-shields, personnel protective suits for ultrasound physicians and staff, and shielding the equipment and transducer with disposable or wipeable plastic sheets is suggested. In addition, the significance of cleaning and disinfection of the examination room and equipment by suitable disinfectants after each patient and at the end of the day is highlighted. 

Conclusion

Learning to live with the COVID-19 pandemic is the need of the day both for the general public and medical community. Being members of the medical community ultrasound physicians should gear up to the emerging challenges of COVID-19 to protect themselves, their patients, and allied healthcare staff from coronavirus infection.

Author Biographies

Shagufta Malik, Dr. Shagufta Ultrasound Clinic, Sector I-10/1, Islamabad

Specialist Radiologist

Director of Ultrasound Services

Musab Riaz, Institute of Nuclear Medicine, Oncology and Radiotherapy (INOR), Abbottabad

Director

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Published
2020-07-17
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Malik S, Riaz M. Living with COVID-19 pandemic – Emerging challenges for ultrasound physicians and their suggested solution. JRMC [Internet]. 17Jul.2020 [cited 8Aug.2020];24(Supp-1). Available from: http://journalrmc.com/index.php/JRMC/article/view/1414