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Disinfecting contaminated medical devices in the context of COVID-19

Disinfection recommendations
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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, confronting healthcare professionals around the world with unprecedented clinical and operational challenges. Preventing the spread of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) within clinical settings is a particularly complex challenge; healthcare providers must not only treat infected patients suffering from COVID-19, but also prevent staff and other patients from becoming infected. One essential precautionary measure is to disinfect all medical equipment after the examination of an infected patient.

At Siemens Healthineers, we are working closely with our customers across the globe to ensure that they have access to the right products, solutions and insights to help them through this exceptionally difficult time. This website is part of this effort, offering specific recommendations and best practices designed to assist healthcare workers to prevent the spread of infection within clinical environments.

Medical device-specific disinfection recommendations

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Scientific corner

By gathering externally published information from trusted sources, we aim to provide useful information for healthcare providers.

Please note, the information provided on the linked pages is the responsibility of the individual third party websites.

FAQs about preventing and controlling COVID-19 infection in healthcare settings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are publishing answers to frequently asked questions about infection control for COVID-19 in healthcare facilities. The page is aimed at healthcare personnel involved in caring for patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. Topics covered include PPE, aerosol-generating procedures, and nasopharyngeal swabs.
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Researchers compare aerosol and surface stability of SARS-CoV-2 and SARS-CoV-1

In a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers show that SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) and SARS-CoV-1 were similarly stable under the circumstances tested – i.e., in aerosols and on various surfaces. The findings provide information for mitigating the pandemic, as they suggest that aerosol and fomite transmission of SARS-CoV-2 is possible.
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ACC Interventional Council and SCAI discuss issues facing catheterization personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 will require cath labs to modify their practice for standard cardiac patients, those with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, and those with unrelated cardiac conditions or cardiac manifestations associated with the disease. This joint statement discusses solutions for various patient scenarios and for resource allocation and protection of workers.
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Interim guidance for healthcare providers caring for pediatric patients with known or suspected COVID-19

The American Heart Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics have issued guidelines designed to help pediatric healthcare providers – as well as EMS and other first responders – reduce the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission. A particular focus is on resuscitation care, and the information is drawn primarily from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
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Guidelines for cleaning and preparing ultrasound transducers and equipment, and for safe handling and use of coupling gel

The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine discusses transducer cleaning and preparation, lists new literature, and explains how to handle ultrasound coupling gel and equipment safely. The page includes details relevant to the COVID-19 outbreak. For instance, it directs readers to online information about EPA-approved disinfectants against SARS-CoV-2.
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Emergency management and infection control in a radiology department

Physicians from the Department of Radiology at West China Hospital in Chengdu, China, share their department’s approach to emergency management and infection control. Despite examining over 3,000 patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection in 7 weeks, none of the radiology staff contracted the virus.
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UK Radiologists are Moving to “Clean” and “COVID-19” CT Scanners

Four UK-based chest radiologists explain their approach to scanning patients with or without suspected COVID-19 and no PCR results yet available. CRP and lymphopenia are the bedrock of triage, while CT scans for stable patients should be delayed until lab results are available so that radiologists know whether to use the “clean” or the “COVID-19” scanner.
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Radiology department strategies to protect technologists against COVID19: Experience from Wuhan

This review article describes the systematic strategies to combat COVID-19 from the radiology department in Tongji hospital in Wuhan, P.R. China, including personnel arrangements, environmental modification, protection levels and configurations, radiological imaging (CT and radiography), and disinfection methods.
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1See Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19), https://www.who.int/newsroom/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses, 26th March 2020