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Application of Biosafety Principles in Laboratory Analysis of Clinical Samples from Patients with COVID-19.
J Pak Med Assoc ; 70(Suppl 3)(5): S48-S51, 2020 May.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-609380
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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.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Type: Article Main subject: Pneumonia, Viral / Coronavirus Infections / Containment of Biohazards / Clinical Laboratory Techniques / Pandemics / Betacoronavirus Subject: Pneumonia, Viral / Coronavirus Infections / Containment of Biohazards / Clinical Laboratory Techniques / Pandemics / Betacoronavirus Type of study: Diagnostic study / Etiology study / Risk factors Language: English Journal: J Pak Med Assoc Clinical aspect: Etiology Year: 2020

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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Type: Article Main subject: Pneumonia, Viral / Coronavirus Infections / Containment of Biohazards / Clinical Laboratory Techniques / Pandemics / Betacoronavirus Subject: Pneumonia, Viral / Coronavirus Infections / Containment of Biohazards / Clinical Laboratory Techniques / Pandemics / Betacoronavirus Type of study: Diagnostic study / Etiology study / Risk factors Language: English Journal: J Pak Med Assoc Clinical aspect: Etiology Year: 2020