Practical guidelines for radiographers/radiological technologists during the pandemic COVID-19
CT Department General advice
CT shouldn’t be used as screening tool for or a first line test to diagnosis COVID-19
Consider rescheduling non-urgent lung cancer screening
Consider implementing a containment zipper (a room isolation tarp barrier with a zipper for room access) to separate the control area from the CT scanner room
Practice infection control in accordance to the National Public Health guidelines, relevant department policies, Hospital Infectious Diseases Control Committee and the Hospital Waste Management Committee instructions.
Remove your clothing, wear a uniform (scrubs) at the beginning of your shift. Do the opposite at the end of your shift.
Separate clean console area from contaminated CT room area where the RG/RT must remove gloves and wash hands before entering the console area
Wear mask at all times
Avoid crowding and maintain the WHO safety distance or where possible 2 meters (6 feet).
Record the personnel involved in and present during the procedure.
If you wear eyeglasses, be careful not to touch them throughout the procedure, and at the end of use wash them thoroughly with a disinfectant.
Apply thorough hygiene and safety instructions
Caution when removing mask and gloves
Meticulous hand washing
Ensure decontamination/deep cleaning of equipment and surfaces / patient contact points
Ensure adequate ventilation of the premises and ideally the department should have vacuum/negative air pressures.
Keep all surfaces free of unnecessary paper, and non-essential material to allow for rapid and effective disinfection-decontamination of areas and equipment.
When performing CT on confirmed COVID 19 patients, Radiographers/Radiological Technologists must practice according to
Infection Prevention Committee Instructions and Guidelines in terms of infection control.
Radiation Protection Rules and Regulations
the Code of Ethics and work within the scope of the profession.