Healthcare workers are exposed to a higher than average risk of infection by the contagious coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which requires special attention to their protection.1 Anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists are particularly confronted by a high-risk situation when managing the airway of infected patients: oxygenation by bag-mask, cough during laryngoscopy, and tracheal intubation and extubation. Careful planning is required, and guidelines have been published for anesthesiology teams2,3 to follow in such cases. Thus, airway management must be realized in an airborne isolation room (negative pressure). Airborne precautions, hand hygiene, and donning of personnel protective equipment including reinforced overshirt, double gloves, glasses, and filtering facepiece particles class 2 mask must be respected. It is also recommended that tracheal intubation is carried out under rapid sequence induction by an expert anesthesiologist using video laryngoscopy.2...
Protective Device during Airway Management in Patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
(Accepted for publication April 21, 2020. Published online first on April 29, 2020.)
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Farid Chakib Rahmoune, Mohamed Mehdi Ben Yahia, Ridha Hajjej, Solene Pic, Kais Chatti; Protective Device during Airway Management in Patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Anesthesiology 2020; 133:473–475 doi: https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003369
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