Policies and Guidelines for COVID-19 Preparedness: Experiences from the University of Washington

Radiology. 2020 Aug;296(2):E26-E31. doi: 10.1148/radiol.2019201326.

Abstract

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic initially manifested in the United States in the greater Seattle area and has rapidly progressed across the nation in the past 2 months, with the United States having the highest number of cases in the world. Radiology departments play a critical role in policy and guideline development both for the department and for the institutions, specifically in planning diagnostic screening, triage, and management of patients. In addition, radiology workflows, volumes, and access must be optimized in preparation for the expected surges in the number of patients with COVID-19. In this article, the authors discuss the processes that have been implemented at the University of Washington in managing the COVID-19 pandemic as well in preparing for patient surges, which may provide important guidance for other radiology departments who are in the early stages of preparation and management.

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollutants, Occupational / analysis
  • Betacoronavirus*
  • COVID-19
  • COVID-19 Testing
  • Clinical Laboratory Techniques / methods
  • Coronavirus Infections / diagnosis
  • Coronavirus Infections / diagnostic imaging*
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology
  • Coronavirus Infections / prevention & control
  • Coronavirus Infections / transmission
  • Health Policy
  • Humans
  • Infection Control / organization & administration*
  • Infectious Disease Transmission, Patient-to-Professional / prevention & control
  • Mass Screening / methods
  • Pandemics / prevention & control
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Pneumonia, Viral / diagnostic imaging*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology
  • Pneumonia, Viral / prevention & control
  • Pneumonia, Viral / transmission
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Radiology Department, Hospital / organization & administration*
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Washington

Substances

  • Air Pollutants, Occupational