Summary of the Clinical Practice Guideline

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 Return to Work Guidance and Recommendations for Vestibular Clinicians

Rizk, H. G., Strange, C., et al. (2020).
Ear and Hearing, 41(4), 693-696.
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Description

This guideline from the American Balance Society Task Force provides recommendations on safety practices to protect clinicians and patients from exposure to COVID-19 during the provision of vestibular assessment and treatment. Recommendations should be considered with local conditions and institutional policies.

Recommendations from This Guideline

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Service Delivery

When conducting vestibular assessment or treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic, personal protective equipment, hand washing, additional disinfection of all surfaces, social distancing precautions, and single-use equipment should be used by clinicians and patients to limit exposure. Testing and treatment equipment should undergo additional rigorous disinfection. See the full text for additional details on specific infection control procedures for video head impulse test equipment, vestibular evoked myogenic potential equipment, videonystagmography equipment, computerized dynamic posturography, or rotary chair assessment protocols.

Keywords: Audiology, Safety Precautions

During the COVID-19 pandemic, clinicians should consider providing telehealth, phone, or videoconferencing services for patient populations with mild or low-risk vestibular symptoms as appropriate. Any in-person services should be scheduled to allow for safe distancing between patients and procedures, particularly for elderly or at-risk individuals.

Keywords: Adults, Audiology, Follow-Up/Timing, Candidacy for Telepractice, Telepractice, Balance Disorders

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Screening

When conducting vestibular assessment or treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic, personal protective equipment, hand washing, additional disinfection of all surfaces, social distancing precautions, and single-use equipment should be used by clinicians and patients to limit exposure. Testing and treatment equipment should undergo additional rigorous disinfection. See the full text for additional details on specific infection control procedures for video head impulse test equipment, vestibular evoked myogenic potential equipment, videonystagmography equipment, computerized dynamic posturography, or rotary chair assessment protocols.

Keywords: Audiology, Safety Precautions

Assessment

When conducting vestibular assessment or treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic, personal protective equipment, hand washing, additional disinfection of all surfaces, social distancing precautions, and single-use equipment should be used by clinicians and patients to limit exposure. Testing and treatment equipment should undergo additional rigorous disinfection. See the full text for additional details on specific infection control procedures for video head impulse test equipment, vestibular evoked myogenic potential equipment, videonystagmography equipment, computerized dynamic posturography, or rotary chair assessment protocols.

Keywords: Audiology, Safety Precautions

Service Delivery

During the COVID-19 pandemic, clinicians should consider providing telehealth, phone, or videoconferencing services for patient populations with mild or low-risk vestibular symptoms as appropriate. Any in-person services should be scheduled to allow for safe distancing between patients and procedures, particularly for elderly or at-risk individuals.

Keywords: Adults, Audiology, Follow-Up/Timing, Candidacy for Telepractice, Telepractice, Balance Disorders

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Service Delivery

During the COVID-19 pandemic, clinicians should consider providing telehealth, phone, or videoconferencing services for patient populations with mild or low-risk vestibular symptoms as appropriate. Any in-person services should be scheduled to allow for safe distancing between patients and procedures, particularly for elderly or at-risk individuals.

Keywords: Adults, Audiology, Follow-Up/Timing, Candidacy for Telepractice, Telepractice, Balance Disorders

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