The American Society of Radiologic Technologists is asking federal and state lawmakers and other government officials to provide workplace and safety resources for medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals. As there are reports of critical shortages of personal protective equipment including masks, gowns and eye protection, ASRT is asking stakeholders to expedite the distribution of PPE to ensure the continued safety of radiologic technologists who face potential infection every day.
“Radiologic technologists are on the front lines of patient care and it’s vitally important that they have the right protective equipment to protect themselves and their patients,” said ASRT Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director Sal Martino, Ed.D., R.T.(R), FASRT, FASAE, CAE. “Now is the time for all stakeholders to pull together and ensure health care professionals have the tools to do their jobs.”
In addition to communicating with key state and federal stakeholders, ASRT encourages technologists to follow proper infection control procedures. While social distancing may be incredibly challenging while working with patients, remember to follow social distancing practices during personal interactions with peers and other personnel in facilities.