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Journal of Radiological Review 2020 November-December;7(6):452-5

DOI: 10.23736/S2723-9284.20.00072-3

Copyright © 2020 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English, Italian

Organizational process management in the radiological department during COVID-19 emergency: experience of ULSS5 Polesana

Massimo FAVAT 1, Giampaolo MONTESI 2 , Saide DI BIASE 2, Donatella PERTOLDI 1, Arianna MASSARO 3, Cristiano PELATI 4, Giovanni MANDOLITI 2, Edgardo CONTATO 4

1 Unit of Radiology, Santa Maria della Misericordia Hospital, ULSS5 Polesana, Rovigo, Italy; 2 Unit of Radiation Oncology, Santa Maria della Misericordia Hospital, ULSS5 Polesana, Rovigo, Italy; 3 Unit of Nuclear Medecine, Santa Maria della Misericordia Hospital, ULSS5 Polesana, Rovigo, Italy; 4 General Administrative Office, Santa Maria della Misericordia Hospital, ULSS5 Polesana, Rovigo, Italy


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COVID-19 pandemic represents an overwhelming issue for the clinical governance of public health system. In this setting, radiology units serve as crossroad for incoming patients, from different parts (outpatients, emergency room, in-patients). To maintain clinical activity by reducing the risk of contagion through staff members, we report results of our protocol aimed to manage access path and personal protective equipment (PPE) supply, for patients and health-care operators of our radiology department. We analyzed the access path of patients and operators, from 23 February 2020 to 31 May 2020 to 3 radiology departments of ULSS5 Polesana in Veneto, with 3 different levels of restriction and we provided PPE according to different level of contagion risk. In 129 radiology unit operators, no COVID-19 positive cases were detected to diagnostic swab before and after 28 February 2020, when close contact definition changed. Our protocol demonstrated high efficacy to control professional SARS NCov2 infections, through radiology department personnel.


KEY WORDS: COVID-19; Pandemics; Coronavirus; Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2; Radiology

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