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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 145-148

Joint Consensus Statement – Safety Precautions for Doing Echocardiography and Image Acquisition during COVID-19: Indian Academy of Echocardiography, Bangladesh Cardiac Society, Cardiac Society of Nepal, and Sri Lanka College of Cardiology

1 JROP Institute of Echocardiography, Ultrasound and Vascular Doppler, Delhi, India
2 Metro Heart Institute, New Delhi, India
3 Moolchand Medicity, New Delhi, India
4 Fortis Escort's Heart Institute, New Delhi, India
5 Narayana Institute of Cardiac Sciences, Narayan Health City, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
6 National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, Dhaka, Bangladesh
7 Norvic Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal
8 HAMS Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal
9 Shahid Gangalal National Heart Center, Kathmandu, Nepal
10 Lanka Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka
11 National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka
12 Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
13 Care Hospital, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
14 Focus Clinics Panjagutta, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
15 KM Speciality Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
16 Medanta Medicity, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
17 Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Tiruvalla, Kerala, India
18 Billroth Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
19 Jeyalakshmi Heart Center, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
20 GBH American Hospital, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
21 Trinity Hospital and Heart Foundation, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
22 RNT-NH Institute of Cardiac Sciences, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
23 P. D. Hinduja National Hospital and MRC, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
24 Ganesh Heart Care Center, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
25 MAX Superspeciality Hospital, New Delhi, India
26 Hosmat Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
27 Madurai Medical College, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
28 Prime Diagnostic Centre and Heart Institute, Chandigarh, India
29 Medical College, Calicut, Kerala, India
30 Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
31 Jupiter Hospital, Thane, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Rakesh Gupta
JROP Institute of Echocardiography, Ultrasound and Vascular Doppler, C-1/16, Ashok Vihar-II, Delhi - 110 052
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jiae.jiae_38_20

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An echocardiographic investigation is one of the key modalities of diagnosis in patients suffering from COVID-19, especially if they are elderly, have associated comorbid conditions, and pregnant. Hence, it is becoming extremely essential to look into the correct safety precautions, health-care professionals must take while conducting an echo investigation. At the same time, a focused echo examination aimed at correct imaging view acquisition in the shortest possible time is the need of the hour. The decision matrix formulated for conducting an echocardiographic evaluation is based on the presence or absence of cardiological comorbidity vis-a-vis positive or suspected for COVID-19. The safety measures and image acquisition have been constructed keeping in mind the current safety precautions by the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India.

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