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Preventing transmission among operating room staff during COVID-19 pandemic: the role of the Aerosol Box and other personal protective equipment.
Updates Surg. 2020 Sep; 72(3):907-910.US

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic is highly challenging for the operating room staff and healthcare workers in emergency departments. SARS-CoV-2 is a positive-sense single-stranded RNA beta-coronavirus that primarily targets the human respiratory system, with fever, cough, myalgia, and pneumonia as the most common manifestations. However, since SARS-CoV-2 RNA was detected in stool specimens much more attention has been paid to gastrointestinal symptoms such as loss of appetite, nausea, and diarrhea. Furthermore, the expression of ACE-2 receptors in absorptive enterocytes from ileum and colon suggests that these organs should also be considered as a potential high risk for SARS-CoV-2 infection. During aerosol-generating medical procedures (AGMP; e.g. intubating and extubating patients or any surgical procedures), the production of both airborne particles and droplets may increase the risk of infection. In this situation, the surgical staff is strongly recommended to wear personal protective equipment (PPE). A transparent plastic cube, the so-called "Aerosol Box" (AB), has been recently designed to lend further protection against droplets and aerosol exposure during the AGMP.

Authors+Show Affiliations

General Surgery Unit, S. Leonardo Hospital, Castellammare Di Stabia, Napoli, Italy.General Surgery Unit, S. Leonardo Hospital, Castellammare Di Stabia, Napoli, Italy.4th Surgery Unit, Treviso Regional Hospital, Treviso, Italy.Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, University of Catanzaro, Catanzaro, Italy. gaethedoctor@alice.it.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

32449034

Citation

Bianco, F, et al. "Preventing Transmission Among Operating Room Staff During COVID-19 Pandemic: the Role of the Aerosol Box and Other Personal Protective Equipment." Updates in Surgery, vol. 72, no. 3, 2020, pp. 907-910.
Bianco F, Incollingo P, Grossi U, et al. Preventing transmission among operating room staff during COVID-19 pandemic: the role of the Aerosol Box and other personal protective equipment. Updates Surg. 2020;72(3):907-910.
Bianco, F., Incollingo, P., Grossi, U., & Gallo, G. (2020). Preventing transmission among operating room staff during COVID-19 pandemic: the role of the Aerosol Box and other personal protective equipment. Updates in Surgery, 72(3), 907-910. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13304-020-00818-2
Bianco F, et al. Preventing Transmission Among Operating Room Staff During COVID-19 Pandemic: the Role of the Aerosol Box and Other Personal Protective Equipment. Updates Surg. 2020;72(3):907-910. PubMed PMID: 32449034.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Preventing transmission among operating room staff during COVID-19 pandemic: the role of the Aerosol Box and other personal protective equipment. AU - Bianco,F, AU - Incollingo,P, AU - Grossi,U, AU - Gallo,G, Y1 - 2020/05/24/ PY - 2020/05/05/received PY - 2020/05/20/accepted PY - 2020/5/26/pubmed PY - 2020/9/20/medline PY - 2020/5/26/entrez KW - Aerosol Box KW - Aerosol-generating medical procedures KW - COVID-19 pandemic KW - Operating room KW - Personal protective equipment SP - 907 EP - 910 JF - Updates in surgery JO - Updates Surg VL - 72 IS - 3 N2 - The COVID-19 pandemic is highly challenging for the operating room staff and healthcare workers in emergency departments. SARS-CoV-2 is a positive-sense single-stranded RNA beta-coronavirus that primarily targets the human respiratory system, with fever, cough, myalgia, and pneumonia as the most common manifestations. However, since SARS-CoV-2 RNA was detected in stool specimens much more attention has been paid to gastrointestinal symptoms such as loss of appetite, nausea, and diarrhea. Furthermore, the expression of ACE-2 receptors in absorptive enterocytes from ileum and colon suggests that these organs should also be considered as a potential high risk for SARS-CoV-2 infection. During aerosol-generating medical procedures (AGMP; e.g. intubating and extubating patients or any surgical procedures), the production of both airborne particles and droplets may increase the risk of infection. In this situation, the surgical staff is strongly recommended to wear personal protective equipment (PPE). A transparent plastic cube, the so-called "Aerosol Box" (AB), has been recently designed to lend further protection against droplets and aerosol exposure during the AGMP. SN - 2038-3312 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/32449034/Preventing_transmission_among_operating_room_staff_during_COVID_19_pandemic:_the_role_of_the_Aerosol_Box_and_other_personal_protective_equipment_ L2 - https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13304-020-00818-2 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -