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COVID-19: Transitioning to a 'New-Normal' When and How

The COVID-19 pandemic is currently in transition. A few countries and regions have started experiencing a decrease in the number of new cases and associated deaths from COVID-19, and in other countries, lockdowns have been eased or partially lifted. In the midst of this time, it is essential to be diligent and prepare for a phase-based opening approach to avoid new spikes in cases. The measures taken to provide essential nuclear medicine services during the pandemic must be reassessed. Defining the ‘how and when' to return to normality, or perhaps to the 'new normality', has never been as important as now.

COVID-19 Preparedness for Radiotherapy Departments - Towards Consensus on Best Practices - in French

COVID-19 Guidance for Nuclear Medicine Departments

Faced with the current COVID-19 pandemic, Nuclear Medicine Departments worldwide are adapting their routine operations to minimize risks of exposure to their patients, staff and the public. In addition to establishing standard operating procedures during these unprecedented times, it is essential to contain the virus transmission, and protect those who are most vulnerable- our patients, and those most exposed- our staff. Other diseases do not stop, and essential and critical nuclear medicine services are needed.

In light of the many requests received and important questions asked at the first webinar in the Nuclear Medicine series, we have launched the second webinar organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) dedicated to supporting the Nuclear Medicine community in addressing the challenges during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Preparedness for Radiotherapy Departments - Towards Consensus on Best Practices - in Russian

AFrica Radiation Oncology NETwork (AFRONET)

COVID-19 Preparedness for Radiotherapy Departments - Towards Consensus on Best Practices

The COVID-19 pandemic presents a major challenge to radiotherapy departments worldwide in curbing the spread of COVID-19 while ensuring continuity of services. Realizing the unique needs of radiation oncology community, the IAEA works together with professional societies worldwide in facilitating sharing of best practices in the search of a consensus.

In a webinar held on Friday, April 3rd, 2020 at 14.00 CEST (UTC+2) an international panel of experts has come together to share their experience on COVID-19 preparedness in the context of radiotherapy services.

The webinar addressed practical considerations and challenges including:

  • Referral for treatment
  • Protection of patients, staff and public
  • Changes to radiotherapy practice
  • Psychological adaptation, ethical and legal issues

Preparación de los Servicios de Radioterapia ante el COVID-19 - Buscando Consenso en las Mejores Prácticas

La actual Pandemia de COVID-19 presenta un importante reto para los departamentos de radioterapia a nivel mundial , en su intento por disminuir la diseminación de la enfermedad y al mismo tiempo garantizar la continuidad de los servicios.

La actual Pandemia de COVID-19 presenta un importante reto para los departamentos de radioterapia a nivel mundial , en su intento por disminuir la diseminación de la enfermedad y al mismo tiempo garantizar la continuidad de los servicios. Conocedores de las necesidades particulares de la comunidad de oncología radiante , la IAEA ha trabajado en conjunto con diferentes sociedades profesionales internacionales a nivel mundial con el propósito de facilitar la diseminación de las buenas prácticas y alcanzar consensos.

Webinar on Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic - Challenges for the Nuclear Medicine Departments

The IAEA, in collaboration with International Organizations, is committed to supporting nuclear medicine facilities cope with the current COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 25, 2020 at 15.30 (CET) the Division of Human Health organized a webinar on Challenges for Nuclear Medicine Departments in which an international panel of experts answered a series of questions related to how to deal with COVID-19 in nuclear medicine departments.

The webinar addressed practical considerations and challenges including:

  • Site readiness
  • Prevention and hygiene
  • Patient scheduling
  • Patient management
  • Radionuclide therapies
  • Support to radiology departments
  • What to do if a team member is COVID-19 positive?

Should you have questions regarding this webinar please address them to nuclear.challenges@iaea.org