SoR members who come into contact with Covid-19 infected patients, or patients suspected of having the virus, should be aware of the following:
- There should be clearly documented local policies and procedures available
- Policies and procedures should reflect national and employer level advice and be regularly reviewed to make sure everyone understands and is able to apply them.
- Possible infected patients should be isolated with contact restricted.
- Local risk assessment and infection control processes should dictate the ‘how, when and where’ imaging takes place. This includes personal protective equipment (PPE) to be used and the decontamination processes required.
All radiographers and support workers should understand roles for:
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) for both patients and staff. Identify any training needs for staff in relation to PPE
- Responsibility for decontamination of imaging suites, waiting areas, etc
- Self-decontamination process
- Identification of entry/exit points for patients/staff to designated imaging suites
- Identification of holding areas for patients awaiting imaging or transport back to wards
- Appropriate process and access for staff showers/changing. All staff must follow any restrictions on wearing uniform to and from work.
For further information on infection control and prevention, please see:
- Coronavirus guidance for health professionals from Public Health England
- Coronavirus guidance for clinicians from NHS England and NHS Improvement
- Guidance for first responders and others who may have close contact with symptomatic people