The International Society of Ultrasound for Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ISUOG), has prepared an opinion-based guidance document outlining rules for performing ultrasound examinations in pregnancy and for gynaecologic indications, recognising the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prominent experts and global members of the safety committee of ISUOG including Piero Miloro, Senior Research Scientist at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), have contributed to the statement which will assist hundreds of thousands of healthcare practitioners around the world.
Ultrasound is an essential part of obstetric and gynaecological care and exposes the patient and the caregiver to high risks, given the impossibility of keeping the recommended distance between the patient and the practitioner carrying out the ultrasound scan. The ISUOG guidance document outlines approaches for performing ultrasound investigations in pregnancy and for gynaecologic scans, recommending precautions to be taken when performing routine clinical activity.
The statement covers disinfection of ultrasound probes and machines, preparing and cleaning the ultrasound setting and protecting both the patient and ultrasound providers. The ISUOG input will help guide practitioners, who are required to undertake this work during the COVID-19 pandemic increasing protection for thousands of healthcare workers, mothers to be and babies.
Piero Miloro, Senior Research Scientist, NPL said: “NPL as the UK’s National Metrology Institute, is experienced in medical ultrasound and ultrasound safety and participates in sharing expertise and advice to safety committees worldwide. This ranges from providing physics and engineering support as well as imparting standardisation knowledge to the medical ultrasound community. Our input to the ISUOG statement is just one example of work we are doing within this field, where NPL’s expertise is aiding in the delivery of improved health outcomes globally.”
The paper is available here
The work on the guidance document and the advice contained demonstrates the importance of the role National Metrology Institutes such as NPL play in many different safety committees, which are fundamental in times of crisis, and the impact it can have on a wide population.
Organisations working on the fight against COVID-19 that can use this expertise are encouraged to visit www.npl.co.uk/coronavirus to get in touch.
26 Mar 2020