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J Pak Med Assoc ; 70(Suppl 3)(5): S48-S51, 2020 May.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-609380


COVID-19 poses a great challenge to clinical and diagnostic services around the world. The need of biosafety practices can never be emphasised more than under current circumstances. The four pillars of biosafety namely, leadership, standard operating procedures, personal protective equipment (PPE) and engineering controls must be employed for effective and safe practices in the clinical setting in general and laboratory settings in particular. Risk assessment must be carried out before meeting up the diagnostic challenge for COVID-19 and essential biorisk management measures are required to be taken. In our resource-poor settings, we need to adapt safe but cost-effective and improvised solutions to ensure safe handling of clinical samples from COVID-19 patients in the laboratories. The correct use of PPE and their suitable alternatives are available for selection and use. Disinfection of the lab areas and safe disposal of the clinical samples from such patients is also of paramount importance.

Betacoronavirus , Clinical Laboratory Techniques/standards , Containment of Biohazards , Coronavirus Infections , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral , Containment of Biohazards/methods , Containment of Biohazards/standards , Coronavirus Infections/diagnosis , Coronavirus Infections/prevention & control , Humans , Infection Control/standards , Laboratories/standards , Pandemics/prevention & control , Personal Protective Equipment , Pneumonia, Viral/diagnosis , Pneumonia, Viral/prevention & control , Risk Assessment