Tag: COVID-19

Exclusive: BSIR leadership discusses 2020 programme highlights and IR rising to...

 On the opening day of BSIR 2020 (1–3 December, virtual), Lakshmi Ratnam (London, UK), chair of the scientific programme committee, moderates a special Interventional...
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SIR and AMA urge Medicare and Medicaid Services to compensate practices...

The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) and the American Medical Association (AMA) have sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services...

Catalysed by COVID-19, societies say hybrid conferences are here to stay

“2020 has changed so much. But the need for IO education remains the same.” Cued to music and set against a backdrop of footage...

Dialysis access needs to be a priority in the COVID-19 era

Panagiotis M Kitrou and Nicholas Inston discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on vascular access services. Despite the disruption caused, they are optimistic...
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ECIO 2020 “will not take place as a physical meeting”

The European Conference on Interventional Oncology (ECIO), hosted by the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) have announced that their November meeting...
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Interventional radiology assumes a more prominent role amid pandemic

Interventional radiology is “an operational and financial hedge” for hospitals during COVID-19, Mikin Patel (University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, USA) and co-authors...
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COVID-19 has had a “significant impact” on interventional radiology training

“Decreases in caseload and widespread cancellation of conferences have had significant impact on diagnostic and interventional radiology (DR/IR) training during COVID-19 restrictions,” Ahmed M...
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GEST to take place virtually in September 2020

The Global Embolization and Oncology Symposium Technology (GEST) has announced that it will take place virtually this year. Previously planned to be hosted in...

Six step plan at the heart of Singapore General Hospital’s COVID-19...

The COVID-19 pandemic will have a deep impact on the future of healthcare according to Tan Bien Soo, Singapore General Hospital (Singapore). He tells...

BIBA Briefings: Critical limb ischaemia interventions buck trend for emergency only...

A BIBA MedTech Insights survey (conducted May 2020) indicates a trend towards centres only performing emergency percutaneous peripheral procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic. However,...
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UK issues new patient information on COVID-19

The UK Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) has collaborated with the Society of Radiographers to create a leaflet for patients coming to the hospital...
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Study lists top sociodemographic factors associated with COVID-19

Older age, being male, deprivation, living in a densely populated area, ethnicity, obesity, and chronic kidney disease are associated with a positive test for...
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Bedside IVC filter placement by interventional radiologist in COVID-positive patient preserves...

Kevin Stadtlander outlines how his institution is benefitting from the “creativity” of interventional radiologists during the coronavirus pandemic, here providing a step-by-step account of...
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Pregnant healthcare workers advised to minimise their patient-fronting duties during COVID-19...

In a recent webinar hosted by GEST (Global Embolization Oncology Symposium Technologies), Kristen Alexa Lee (Singapore General Hospital, Singapore) shares her experience of navigating...

COVID-19: Calls for physicians to address domestic violence during social distancing

Prism Schneider (Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada) and others write in a commentary in the Canadian Medical Association Journal—because of...
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New study addresses thromboembolic complications in COVID-19 patients

There is an “urgent need” to improve specific venous thromboembolism (VTE) diagnostic strategies and investigate the efficacy and safety of thromboprophylaxis in ambulatory COVID-19...

COVID-19: CMS outlines recommendations for re-starting non-emergent procedures

On 18 March, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recommended “limiting non-essential care and expanding surge capacity into ambulatory surgical centres and...

Global vascular community addresses geographic disparity in pandemic impact and response,...

Last week, the Charing Cross (CX) Symposium 2020 would have taken place in London, UK. To mark the occasion virtually, experts from across the...
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ECR 2020 will be online-only, not onsite

The European Congress of Radiology (ECR) will not take place onsite in Vienna, Austria, this year. Instead it will be a digital-only event from...
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Micro-practices for burnout prevention and emotional wellness

“With coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the demands and stresses on radiologists and physicians have increased dramatically. Even before this pandemic, the high prevalence of...
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CIRSE president: “We need more of a European focus” to protect...

“Europe, including the European Union (EU) and the leaders of its nation states, needs to prepare better for future pandemics. I think we must...
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Italian oncologists urge greater COVID-19 testing amongst healthcare workers treating cancer...

Medical oncologists Filippo Pietrantonio and Marina Chiara (both Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, Milan, Italy) have launched a social media campaign called #knowyourstatus...

COVID-19: Cotton and surgical masks may be ineffective at stopping spread...

In a brief report in Annals of Internal Medicine, Seongman Bae (Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea) and colleagues report that neither surgical...

Novel screening strategy utilising WhatsApp is helping triage COVID-19 patients in...

Low-dose chest computed tomography (CT) has been an effective screening tool for COVID-19, writes Amir Davarpanah, outlining a novel screening and triage strategy successfully...
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Seven CIRSE Academy courses currently free to access

The Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) has made seven of ts Academy courses free to access online. On its website, the...
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RSNA launches online resource for COVID-19

The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) has launched a web page to help radiology professionals amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. The COVID-19 Resources webpage...

Philips and the US government collaborate in ventilator production ramp up...

Royal Philips has announced that the US government and Philips agreed to team up to increase the production of hospital ventilators in its manufacturing...
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Virtual VIVA roundtable addresses COVID-19 pandemic

VIVA Physicians recently hosted a virtual roundtable to address COVID-19. Tony Das (Connected Cardiovascular Care Associates, Dallas and BSW Heart Hospital, Plano, USA), one...

COVID-19: European Commission agrees to postpone new MDR because of pandemic

The European Commission (EC) has adopted a proposal to postpone by one year the date of application of the new Medical Devices Regulation (MDR), which...
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Society of Interventional Radiology creates free COVID-19 resource centre online

The 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...
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CMSS “strongly urges action” to ensure all frontline healthcare professionals are...

In a new statement published on 2 April 2020, all 45 societies represented by the US Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS)—over 800,000 physicians—emphatically...
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ESR creates YouTube playlist for COVID-19 events

The European Society of Radiology (ESR) has created a playlist on their YouTube channel dedicated to events and news related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently,...
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SNIS releases recommendations for emergent neurointerventional patients during COVID-19

The Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery (SNIS) has published a set of recommendations for the care of emergent neurointerventional patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Acute...
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CIRSE and APSCVIR publish checklist for preparing your IR service for...

The Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) and the Asia Pacific Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology (APSCVIR) have jointly published a...

ACS defends healthcare workers as PPE shortages lead to acrimony

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) today leapt to the defense of healthcare workers who are heading to work in the face of increasing...
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GEST gathers global response to COVID-19 pandemic: Lessons learned from the...

This piece is one in a series of articles covering the GEST webinar. For dispatches from the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the pertinent takeaways for interventional...
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GEST gathers global response to COVID-19 pandemic: Lessons learned from the...

This is the first in a series of articles covering the GEST webinar. For dispatches from the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the...

Live webinar on Thursday 2 April to share COVID-19 cardiovascular experience

The Imperial College Network of Excellence in Vascular Science at Imperial College London (UK) is to run a COVID-19 Cardiovascular Conference as a live...

American Board of Radiology announces November dates for Core Exam

The American Board of Radiology (ABR) has announced that its Core Exam for diagnostic radiology (DR) and interventional radiology (IR/DR) will be held in...

COVID-19: European Commission looking to postpone new MDR by one year

During a Q&A section of a European Commission (EC) college meeting on 25 March, EC spokesperson Stefan de Keersmaecker stated that the commission were looking to...

IR community urged to plan for COVID-19 cases

Interventional radiologists from Singapore have shared their strategies for the preparation of IR services to cope with COVID-19 patients, emphasising the need for clear...

Adapt clinical studies to alleviate effect of pandemic

A viewpoint in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has offered potential solutions to modifying ongoing randomised clinical trials during the COVID-19...

CX 2020 is cancelled due to COVID-19

The 2020 Charing Cross (CX) Symposium that was due to take place next month in London, UK, has been cancelled due to COVID-19.  In full,...
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CDRH adjusts working practices with medical device companies to deal with...

The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) has written to the medical device industry to outline its...