Novel barrier enclosure for both aerosol and droplet protection model

Chad E. Branecki, Nicholas J. Jobeun, Tyler J. Ronnfeldt, Michael A. Ash, Thomas E. Schulte, Jason G. Langenfeld

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Abstract

Emergency physicians are on the front lines of treating patients with highly infectious respiratory diseases. Personal protective equipment is one defense against contamination from droplet and aerosol secretions. Intubation is a procedure that greatly can increase provider’s risk of exposure. Utilization of an intubation box has been discussed and recommended on social media platforms. There has been scant literature demonstrating the effectiveness of such devices. This study aimed to determine degree of droplet contamination to the intubator utilizing a novel barrier enclosure with a fluorescent simulated respiratory contagion. This model confirmed both added protection to the providers preforming intubation, and reduction of spread of the droplets when such a device is applied to patient care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)790-794
Number of pages5
JournalWestern Journal of Emergency Medicine
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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