Society of Interventional Radiology creates free COVID-19 resource centre online


resource centreThe Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) has created a free online COVID-19 resource centre for physicians to access via their website.

The site states: “SIR has created this COVID-19 page to keep members apprised of interventional radiology (IR)-specific resources and information to help you, your practice, and your patients.

“Members are also encouraged to participate in the SIR Connect Open Forum for real-time sharing of knowledge, information and ideas among the IR community.”

The page is being continuously updated, but at time of publication includes two clinical notifications, a toolkit, webinars, and federal guidance.

The first clinical notification, effective from 18 March and updated on 19 March, lists SIR recommendations in response to statements from the Surgeon General and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on elective surgeries as well as interim guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The second clinical notification in the SIR resource centre, dated 26 March, provides medical decision-making guidance on how to perform aerosol-generating procedures (AGP) safely in the IR suite, following emerging data that indicates SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) is primarily spread via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes and has a “significant association with AGPs.”

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