Radiography Department and Mobile Radiography on at risk COVID-19 patients

1. Preparation

1.1. Radiographer/RT Tasks

Radiographer/RT Tasks

  • Ensure that patients and staff use the main department entrance and do not enter the department without permission and without specific reason.
  • Do not allow patients to wait in the waiting room for long periods, adapt international social distancing or or adapt best practice of local and national guideline.
  • For mobile radiography liaise with clinical team to arrange an appropriate time
  • Confirm that medical exposure has been justified as urgent accordingly and/or cannot be rescheduled
  • Inform the referring physician that the patient should enter the department wearing the appropriate mask in accordance with the Hospital Infectious Diseases Committee guidelines.
  • Appropriate fit-tested radiographer to undertake general and mobile radiography where aerosol generating procedures are performed and if possible, to work in pairs
  • Ensure areas and equipment have been adequately disinfected-decontaminated.
  • Disinfect - wash hands.
  • Don PPE appropriate for the clinical task being performed with all appropriate steps - for AGP situations:-
    • Perform Hand Hygiene
    • Put on long sleeve fluid resistant gown
    • Put on N95/FFP2/FFP3 or PAPR (If radiographer wears glasses take off until FFP is secured in place- put glasses back on)
    • Place Face mask (if reuses N95/FFP2/FFP3 mask face serves as barrier) or googles in place (If reuses N95/FFP2/FFP3 put surgical mask over your N95/FFP2/FFP3) (The facial mask should be put on first, then head/hair cover that covers all hair and both ears.)
    • Clean hands with antibacterial liquid before putting on gloves and put on non-Sterile Nitrile gloves (be sure gloves cover cuffs of gown)
    • You may now enter the patient room