P-ISSN 2587-2400 | E-ISSN 2587-196X
EJMO Volume : 4 Issue : 3 Year : 2020
EJMO. 2020; 4(3): 260-263 | DOI: 10.14744/ejmo.2020.68370

COVID-19 Imaging in a Tertiary Care Setting – The Zurich Approach

Victor Mergen1, Annelies Zinkernagel2, Dagmar I. Keller3, Thomas Frauenfelder1, Hatem Alkadhi1, Andreas Boss1
1Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Zurich, University Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, 2Institute for Emergency Medicine, University Hospital Zurich, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, 3Department of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology, University Hospital Zurich, University Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

The COVID-19 pandemic not only poses an existential threat to the entire society but also constitutes a major challenge for hospitals, which cannot be met without interdisciplinary teamwork. For radiological institutions trade-offs need to be made between radiological imaging capacity required for timely diagnosis of COVID-19, resources available for non-COVID-19 associated diseases as well as the risk of infection to healthcare co-workers such as technicians and radiologists. In this work, we describe the scheme imposed at the University Hospital Zurich (Switzerland). The core of the Zurich approach is early triaging of patients into four categories with either (i) proven COVID-19, (ii) high-risk of COVID- 19, (iii) low risk of COVID-19, and (iv) no suspicion of COVID-19, with subsequent procedures including a separation of patient pathways taking into account the availability of imaging modalities and protection measures for exposed healthcare workers. With the imposed measures, we were able to avoid any infections to healthcare workers at our hospital over a 3 months period during the height of the COVID-19 crisis in spring 2020. We hope to provide helpful insights for radiological institutions preparing for or coping with the COVID-19 pandemic with the following description. Keywords: COVID-19, health care worker, management, protection, radiology department

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Mergen V, Zinkernagel A, Keller D, Frauenfelder T, Alkadhi H, Boss A. COVID-19 Imaging in a Tertiary Care Setting – The Zurich Approach. EJMO. 2020; 4(3): 260-263

Corresponding Author: Andreas Boss

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