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Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol ; 130(11): 1245-1253, 2021 Nov.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1140414


OBJECTIVES: Define aerosol and droplet risks associated with routine otolaryngology clinic procedures during the COVID-19 era. METHODS: Clinical procedures were simulated in cadaveric heads whose oral and nasal cavities were coated with fluorescent tracer (vitamin B2) and breathing was manually simulated through retrograde intubation. A cascade impactor placed adjacent to the nares collected generated particles with aerodynamic diameters ≤14.1 µm. The 3D printed models and syringes were used to simulate middle and external ear suctioning as well as open suctioning, respectively. Provider's personal protective equipment (PPE) and procedural field contamination were also recorded for all trials using vitamin B2 fluorescent tracer. RESULTS: The positive controls of nebulized vitamin B2 produced aerosol particles ≤3.30 µm and endonasal drilling of a 3D model generated particles ≤14.1 µm. As compared with positive controls, aerosols and small droplets with aerodynamic diameter ≤14.1 µm were not detected during rigid nasal endoscopy, flexible fiberoptic laryngoscopy, and rigid nasal suction of cadavers with simulated breathing. There was minimal to no field contamination in all 3 scenarios. Middle and external ear suctioning and open container suctioning did not result in any detectable droplet contamination. The clinic suction unit contained all fluorescent material without surrounding environmental contamination. CONCLUSION: While patients' coughing and sneezing may create a baseline risk for providers, this study demonstrates that nasal endoscopy, flexible laryngoscopy, and suctioning inherently do not pose an additional risk in terms of aerosol and small droplet generation. An overarching generalization cannot be made about endoscopy or suctioning being an aerosol generating procedure. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: 3.

Aerosols/adverse effects , COVID-19 , Disease Transmission, Infectious/prevention & control , Endoscopy , Otolaryngology , Risk Adjustment/methods , Suction , COVID-19/prevention & control , COVID-19/transmission , Cadaver , Endoscopy/adverse effects , Endoscopy/instrumentation , Endoscopy/methods , Humans , Otolaryngology/methods , Otolaryngology/standards , Outcome Assessment, Health Care , Personal Protective Equipment/classification , Personal Protective Equipment/virology , Research Design , Risk Assessment/methods , SARS-CoV-2 , Suction/adverse effects , Suction/instrumentation , Suction/methods
Neurol India ; 68(5): 1170-1171, 2020.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-895440


Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has posed immense challenges for healthcare workers, among them are procedures related to suctioning of bodily fluids during surgery or intensive care. These procedures are potentially aerosol-generating and can lead to disease transmission. We have modified the usual suction apparatus in a simple and easy to do manner so that all suctioned material first passes through the 0.1% sodium hypochlorite solution, which is virucidal and decontaminates the suctioned material. This innovation may help in addressing the safety concerns of all healthcare providers working in operation rooms and intensive care units.

Coronavirus Infections/prevention & control , Infectious Disease Transmission, Patient-to-Professional/prevention & control , Pandemics/prevention & control , Pneumonia, Viral/prevention & control , Suction/instrumentation , Betacoronavirus , COVID-19 , Coronavirus Infections/transmission , Critical Care , Humans , Infection Control/methods , Pneumonia, Viral/transmission , SARS-CoV-2 , Sodium Hypochlorite , Suction/methods , Surgical Procedures, Operative
J Int Med Res ; 48(8): 300060520949772, 2020 Aug.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-742337


OBJECTIVE: This study was performed to introduce an easy method of surgical smoke evacuation for patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 undergoing emergency surgery. METHODS: An easy, inexpensive, protective, and practical surgical smoke evacuation device/system was developed and is herein described. RESULTS: The use of this surgical smoke evacuation device/system in open surgery is convenient and effective. It allows for easy, economic, useful, and protective surgical smoke evacuation. CONCLUSIONS: COVID-19 infection causes direct mortality and morbidity, and its incidence has recently increased. Protection from electrosurgery-related smoke is recommended particularly during the current pandemic. This surgical smoke evacuation device/system is easy to use and provides a convenient and effective method of smoke evacuation during both open surgery and all cauterization interventions.

Coronavirus Infections/surgery , Electrocoagulation/instrumentation , Electrosurgery/instrumentation , Pneumonia, Viral/surgery , Suction/instrumentation , Betacoronavirus/pathogenicity , COVID-19 , Coronavirus Infections/pathology , Coronavirus Infections/transmission , Coronavirus Infections/virology , Electrocoagulation/methods , Electrosurgery/methods , Humans , Infectious Disease Transmission, Patient-to-Professional/prevention & control , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/pathology , Pneumonia, Viral/transmission , Pneumonia, Viral/virology , SARS-CoV-2 , Smoke/prevention & control