COVID-19 Guidelines for Imaging Core Facilities

To my fellow core facility managers:

Many of us have been asked to write guidelines for reopening our core facilities. I am working on ours this week. If you have posted your guidelines online or know of others who have, I thought it would be useful to share them. BioImaging Facility at IST Austria has posted theirs online.

Best, Jennifer

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Hi Jennifer,
Great and timely thread. I am also preparing ours. For now, I’m adopting some guidelines from the German Bioimaging website here.

The UK Bioimaging community will have a meeting this Wednesday to discuss how to reopen core facilities. I will be finalising the guidelines after this meeting and after instructions from my department. I would be happy to share once done.

Best regards and stay safe!
Nadia

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Hi,
The ABRF (Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities) has collected some Draft Guidelines for re-opening: https://abrf.org/abrf-covid-19-initiatives-and-resources

And they published their own Core Facility Ramp-Up Information:

Best wishes and stay safe,
Christian

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Hi Nadia! I’m starting with the German BioImaging guidelines, and will be at the RMS meeting on Wed too!

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Hi,
Same here in Switzerland. We are also working on the concepts to reopen. As mentioned by the others the GerBi Website offers useful info and the guidelines from the colleagues in Austria are very clearly layed out.
Concerning the disinfection and hygiene at the microscopes we are following similar approaches including pre & post hand washing and full disinfection of all parts touched.
The trickiest part is how to handle the amount of persons in a room as well as close interactions at systems during introductions, pilot projects etc. A lot of this can be reduced and been done remotely but there will still be times when staff and user will be close to each other for more than 15min. We are planning to approach these situations by wearing hygiene masks type II and face shields.
Cheers,
Oliver

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has anyone been supplied a summary of the RMS meeting since the meeting?

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Not yet, they are supposed to be coming soon…

Hi All,

The first ABRF virtual town hall meeting about COVID and PPE is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27th at 1 pm ET. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BW0j2lQpQPiOXVLbSfkmkA

Best, Zbigniew

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For ABRF,
The specialized Imaging forums are much better. Next one May 28th at 1pm EDT
https://abrf.org/abrf-covid-19-initiatives-and-resources
scroll down to the Imaging info

I’ve found the BINA info very helpful - and heard the document from the zoom meeting is ready - check the website - probably posted there soon.
https://www.bioimagingna.org/covid-19-update

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Our plan for re-opening our core and safety procedures have been approved by our institution. I’ve posted them on our website here: https://nic.med.harvard.edu/nichms-covid-19-safety-plan/

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