- Interventional radiology presents a higher risk for infection transmission due to patient proximity. This requires adequate guidelines and protocols.
- Interventional radiology departments should prioritize urgent and semi-urgent cases and report any elective procedures until the current pandemic is under control.
- For interventional radiology procedures, the CDC recommends the use of protective equipment such as protective eyewear, cap, facemasks, sterile gowns, sterile gloves and shoe covers to protect against droplet or splash.
- The use of powered air purifying respirators (PAPR) is reserved for procedures that may involve cough or gas, increasing the risk of aerosolization. These masks should be considered during gastrointestinal procedures such as in feed tube insertion, upper tract stenting or during bronchial artery embolization for hemoptysis.
This data was provided by :
- A review article from Canada and Singapore.
- A letter to the editor from Korea
- Chandy, P., Nasir, M., Srinivasan, S., Klass, D., Nicolaou, S., & Babu, S. (2020). Interventional radiology and COVID-19: evidence-based measures to limit transmission. Diagnostic And Interventional Radiology. doi: 10.5152/dir.2020.20166. Retrieved from : https://www.dirjournal.org/en/interventional-radiology-and-covid-19-evidence-based-measures-to-limit-transmission-132206
- Pua, U., & Wong, D. (2020). What Is Needed to Make Interventional Radiology Ready for COVID-19? Lessons from SARS-CoV Epidemic. Korean Journal Of Radiology, 21. doi: 10.3348/kjr.2020.0163. Retrieved from : https://www.kjronline.org/DOIx.php?id=10.3348/kjr.2020.0163