March 26, 2020
On Thursday, March 26, the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging joined the American College of Radiology, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, the Nuclear Medicine Technologist Certification Board and the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography in calling for an adequate supply of personal protective equipment (PPE).
As there are reports of critical shortages of personal protective equipment including masks, gowns and eye protection, the organizations are asking stakeholders to expedite the distribution of PPE to ensure the continued safety of health care professionals who face potential infection every day. See CDC guidelines for PPE during the COVID-19 crisis.
During this global pandemic it is vital that medical imaging professionals, along with all health care professionals, have access to PPE, including gowns, masks, gloves and eye protection. These professionals work alongside other allied health workers in hospitals who provide immediate care to patients. All examinations and treatments place healthcare professionals and the equipment they use in immediate proximity to patients, requiring appropriate protective apparatus and disinfecting agents.
SNMMI has created a letter-writing campaign calling all members of the medical imaging community to encourage their lawmakers, government officials, health systems and other facilities to take the necessary steps in ensuring the adequate supply of PPE. You can share your support with your elected officials here.