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Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol ; 45(8): 1163-1164, 2022 08.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1906029
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AJR Am J Roentgenol ; 214(6): 1206-1210, 2020 06.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-823643

ABSTRACT

OBJECTIVE. This article shares the ground operational perspective of how a tertiary hospital radiology department in Singapore is responding to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic. This same department was also deeply impacted by the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2003. CONCLUSION. Though similar to SARS, the COVID-19 outbreak has several differences. We share how lessons from 2003 are applied and modified in our ongoing operational response to this evolving novel pathogen.


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Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Coronavirus Infections/prevention & control , Epidemics , Infection Control/standards , Pandemics/prevention & control , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Pneumonia, Viral/prevention & control , Radiology Department, Hospital/organization & administration , Radiology Department, Hospital/standards , Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome/epidemiology , Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome/prevention & control , COVID-19 , Humans , Singapore/epidemiology
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Eur Radiol ; 31(1): 468-474, 2021 Jan.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-710138

ABSTRACT

The coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak poses a serious public health risk. To date, the disease has affected almost all countries in the world. The enormous scale of the outbreak and the relative lack of knowledge and information regarding a new virus, as well as the unpredictability of events, make it challenging for leadership teams to respond. This paper shares how we have reconfigured our radiology leadership team into a smaller disease outbreak task force (DOTF) to respond and coordinate all related efforts during this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The DOTF format is modelled after the military with domain groups looking at manpower, intelligence, operations, and logistics matters on a daily basis so that timely decisions can be made and action plans executed promptly. In managing the DOTF, discipline, flexibility, and teamwork are key principles, and these are built upon a strong foundation of focus on infection prevention and control, and patient and staff safety as well as staff well-being. The DOTF has positioned us well to confront the many challenges to date. We believe it will also help us navigate the complex issues that will arise with future surges in cases and in formulating strategies to manage exit from the present and future lockdowns. KEY POINTS: • In a pandemic, regular and directed meetings by a smaller leadership core group are required, for prompt decision making and execution of action plans. • The military format, with domain groups to look at manpower, intelligence, operations, and logistics matters, is useful in managing a pandemic. • Discipline, flexibility, and teamwork with strong focus on infection prevention and control, and patient and staff safety as well as staff well-being are key principles for leadership teams managing a pandemic.


Subject(s)
COVID-19/therapy , Infection Control , Leadership , Radiology Department, Hospital/organization & administration , Tertiary Care Centers/organization & administration , COVID-19/diagnostic imaging , COVID-19/transmission , Clinical Decision-Making , Cross Infection/prevention & control , Humans , Pandemics , Personnel Administration, Hospital , SARS-CoV-2 , Singapore/epidemiology
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J Radiol Nurs ; 39(3): 164-167, 2020 Sep.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-621642

ABSTRACT

When severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) hit Singapore in 2003, we began to formulate rigorous protocols and reconfigure our facilities to prevent in-hospital transmission. This became the foundation of our practices in COVID-19. However, some adaptations were made to suit the current needs of the department, and technology has been used for communication. This article describes the preparation and response of nursing in the radiology department in Singapore in SARS and coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. Protocols and measures taken during SARS and COVID-19 outbreak are described. Stringent infection control and prevention measures, detailed standard operating protocols for handling SARS and COVID-19 patients coming for radiological examinations and interventions, team segregation, safe distancing, efficient communication, and rigorous staff surveillance are paramount to ensure patient and staff safety. Our SARS experience has shaped our preparations and response toward the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, there have been zero health care worker transmissions in the department. The crisis has also enhanced the cohesiveness among staff because of the camaraderie and shared experience. The response and measures taken by the radiology department in a large acute care teaching hospital could be practiced in other similar health care settings.

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Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol ; 43(9): 1420-1422, 2020 09.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-324212
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Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol ; 43(6): 827-836, 2020 Jun.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-125396

ABSTRACT

With astonishing speed, COVID-19 has become a global pandemic. As it is uncertain when the pandemic will be controlled, it is crucial for procedurists of all stripes to be familiar and confident in performing procedures for COVID-19 patients to prevent intra-hospital infection. In this article, we will detail our approach on how to perform interventional procedures for COVID-19 patients at the bedside in the isolation room and with the patient transferred to the interventional radiology centre. These workflows have been developed in conjunction with multiple other stakeholders within our hospital, drawing from valuable lessons we have learnt from the SARS outbreak of 2003.


Subject(s)
Coronavirus Infections , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral , Radiology, Interventional/methods , Betacoronavirus , COVID-19 , Disease Transmission, Infectious/prevention & control , Humans , SARS-CoV-2
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J Vasc Interv Radiol ; 31(6): 869-875, 2020 06.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-42072

ABSTRACT

This paper describes country-wide special measures undertaken for interventional radiology staff during the current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Although each interventional radiology service around the world faces unique challenges, the principles outlined in this article will be useful when designing or strengthening individual practices and integrating them within wider hospital and national measures. Moving beyond the current outbreak, these measures will be useful for any future infectious diseases which are likely to arise.


Subject(s)
Coronavirus Infections/complications , Coronavirus Infections/prevention & control , Pandemics/prevention & control , Pneumonia, Viral/complications , Pneumonia, Viral/prevention & control , Radiology, Interventional/methods , COVID-19 , Humans , Singapore
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