ASE Statement on Protection of Patients and Echocardiography Service Providers During the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

Endorsed by the American College of Cardiology© 2020 American Society of Echocardiography

Kirkpatrick JN, Mitchell C, Taub C, et. al. JACC:

  • Priority is determining the importance of a study vs. staff risk for the value of information
  • Delay non-critical studies.
  • Plan the study ahead to know the images needed to answer the clinical question(s), while minimizing study time (Personnel exposure time).
  • The decision to use Ultrasound Enhancing Agents (UEA) ideally should be made ahead a time to avoid procedure prolongation for preparing.
  • Restrict students and/or inexperienced technologists to minimize scan time.
  • Rapid review and documentation of Echo results with communication with the appropriate staff.
  • Staff should practice appropriate safety precautions (PPE, hand-washing, etc.)