Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

ASE Statement on Protection of Patients and Echocardiography Service Providers During the COVID-19 Outbreak

COVID-19 Preparedness for Echo Labs: Insights from the Frontlines

James Kirkpatrick, MD, FASE, Captain Daniel S. Chertow, MD, MPH, FCCM, FIDSA, Anita Sadeghpour, MD, FASE, and Madhav Swaminathan, MD, FASE discuss unique issues relating to COVID-19 exposure for health care providers in high risk areas, review methods to specifically protect echo lab personnel from COVID-19 exposure, and delineate lab protocols for scanning patients with suspected or proven COVID-19 infection.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The U.S. President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America – 15 Days to Slow the Spread (March 16, 2020)

World Health Organization: Source for daily updates to the official statistics concerning the size of the outbreak and countries affected.

Advocacy Information

Trump Administration Provides Financial Relief for Medicare Providers (March, 28, 2020)

ASE/AMA Coalition letter to Congress Seek Needed Assistance During COVID-19 (March 25, 2020)

COVID-19: A Weekly Advocacy News Summary from ASE (March 30, 2020)

COVID-19: A Weekly Advocacy News Summary from ASE (March 24, 2020)

AMA

Special coding advice during COVID-19 public health emergency

CMS News

CMS Breaking News

COVID-19: A Weekly Update from Washington (March 27, 2020)

Most recent:

From Hart Health Strategies, Inc.

Cleaning Recommendations from Ultrasound Manufacturers

Canon Medical Systems

Guidelines for cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization of tranducers -PDF version of latest disinfection guidelines for all Canon transducers

Cleaning Guidelines -Link to page with cleaning guidelines and other resources; will be updated with guidelines specific to COVID-19 soon

Canon Medical COVID-19 website

GE Healthcare

Transducer Care site – https://www.gehealthcare.com/products/ultrasound/ultrasound-transducers  – provides approved cleaners, disinfectants, and gels for all the various probes

GE system cleaning site: https://cleaning.gehealthcare.com/ – provides cleaning instructions and details for the systems overall

GE Healthcare COVID-19 website

Hitachi Healthcare

Hitachi Healthcare COVID-19 website

Philips

Compatible disinfectants and cleaning solutions for your Ultrasound system and transducers

Philips COVID-19 Website

Siemens Healthineers

Z6Ms True Volume Transesophageal Transducer Care Guide – A presentation that goes into detail on the care and cleaning of Siemens’ TEE transducers

Z6Ms on the ACUSON SC2000 Ultrasound System – A flier for an online tutorial course through Siemens’ PEPconnect Customer Online Training site

Transesophageal Transducer Cleaning and Care Guide – A quick-reference poster on care and cleaning of Siemens’ TEE transducers

Cleaner and Disinfectant Online Tool – Allows customers to search by system/transducer and find approved cleaning agents

Educational Information

COVID-19 Educational Resources & Opportunities (compiled by ACCME)

Message from ASE’s President Madhav Swaminathan, MD, FASE

Member Update – March 20, 2020

Member Update – March 18, 2020

Member Update – March 16, 2020

Member Update – March 10, 2020

ASE Member-Only Resource

We have created a COVID-19 Community on Connect@ASE where ASE members can share best practices, protocols, or ask questions related to the COVID-19 of fellow members.

From Elsevier:

The Author Resilience Center: A collection of resources to support you during a difficult time from Elsevier.

Novel Coronavirus Information Center: Elsevier’s free health and medical research on the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and COVID-19

Marriott International Statement

Statement from Marriott International, the hotel provider for the ASE Scientific Sessions:
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Marriott International is reinforcing recommended measures on appropriate hygiene standards and following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), applicable guidelines of the global and local health authorities, and taking relevant health and safety measures. The wellbeing of our guests and associates continues to be of paramount importance. 

 

Last Updated: Mar 30, 2020 @ 2:01 pm

ASE Headquarters – COVID-19 Update

Beginning March 26, 2020, in compliance with the Durham County North Carolina order to “Stay at Home” due to the spread of coronavirus, the entire ASE staff will be working remotely through April 30. We are not suspending or closing operations; our employees will remain working and providing excellent customer service to our members and the cardiovascular ultrasound community. However, ASE will slightly modify its official open hours to 9 AM – 4 PM Eastern TimeMonday-Friday. Should you need to get in touch with a staff person, call our main office at 919-861-5574 and a phone list by department will be available. A staff directory is also available here. All general questions can also be sent through ASE@ASEcho.org. Thank you and our best wishes for your continued safety.