Tailored PPE guidance posters for imaging and cancer teams

Wednesday 15 April 2020

The RCR has worked with the College of Radiographers (CoR) to produce advisory posters on the coronavirus personal protective equipment (PPE) to be used by imaging and cancer teams.

The joint posters supplement updated guidance from Public Health England (PHE) covering the PPE needed to safeguard against coronavirus in various settings.

Approved by and based on PHE graphical illustrations, the imaging and oncology-specific posters display the different PPE arrangements needed in the context of “general contact” versus “aerosol generating procedures or high risk areas” and give key examples of specialty-specific settings and procedures.  

Commenting on the posters, RCR President Dr Jeanette Dickson said:

“We welcomed PHE‘s recent update of national guidance on PPE-usage relating to coronavirus – which reflected the changing disease risk profile among the population.

“However, treatment areas in imaging departments and cancer centres have more variables than in a hospital ward setting, particularly as a mix of in- and outpatients are seen and treated in the same areas.

“We wanted to produce accessible follow-on guidance so that our members appreciate what PPE is needed in various scenarios, and were pleased to work alongside CoR to provide advice and support for all members of imaging departments and cancer care teams.”

CoR Director of Professional Policy Charlotte Beardmore added:

"We welcome collaborating with the RCR on this important guidance for all professionals and support staff working across imaging and oncology.

“The safety of professionals and patients during this pandemic and within this sustained transmission phase is of utmost importance. We hope this guidance provides clarity for both imaging and oncology services.”