The Need: Intubating these patients is dangerous for staff

 

Everytime we intubate someone we aerosolize the virus.  A virus that now is floating in the air and can be easily inhaled. No longer just a "droplet" to be shielded away.  Recent published work in anesthesiology is suggesting that intubation is extremely high risk for the intubator; and requires a lot of PPE (that most hospitals no longer have steady access to: gowns, gloves, N95, goggles, and full head hood!

 

https://anesthesiology.pubs.asahq.org/article.aspx?articleid=2763451&_ga=2.110372871.388575457.1585001326-1917929588.1585001326


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