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International Journal of Current Research and Review ; 13(8):166-170, 2021.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-1344670


Introduction: The barrier method is one of the most effective methods to control the spread of infectious diseases. Objectives: Intubation and extubation are aerosol-generating procedures and to safeguard from getting the infection in a pandemic situation like SARS-COVID19, the aerosol boxes are popular among health care workers. This questionnaire survey was carried out on the anesthesiologist resident doctors working in various medical colleges across India to identify the views of front-line professionals’ on the worth of the aerosol boxes during various procedures. Methods: This survey was conducted on 153 respondents with asking 25 questions regarding various usage of aerosol boxes related to intubation, extubation and sterilization. Gender and experience of more than 10 intubations were sought to find out whether it has any influence on the overall decision making. Statistical analysis was done with SPSS, chi-square tests used for categorical variables. Results: Out of 153 participants 64.5% of respondents were female and 35.5% were males. 49.3% had more than 10 intubation experience with the boxes. Mask ventilation was difficult for 91% and intubation was difficult for 98% of respondents. 90% of respondents were against the use of the box for difficult intubations. More experienced one was in favour of selectively removing the mask while intubation (P<0.001). Use of boxes for extubation and in ICU was better among experienced with P<0.001 and P=0.010 respectively. Patient contamination (54%) and inadequate sterilization (55%) of boxes believed by many as problems related to its use. Conclusions: Aerosol boxes are used by good numbers for mask ventilation and easy intubation, the experienced ones were more comfortable in using them for extubation and ICU procedures, however, sterilization and contamination is an issue to deal with. © IJCRR.