Respiratory Protective Equipment for Healthcare Providers During Coronavirus Pandemic: "Nec Temere, Nec Timide"


YALDIZ ÇOBANOĞLU H. B. , ESKİİZMİR G., GÖKCAN M. K.

TURKISH ARCHIVES OF OTORHINOLARYNGOLOGY, vol.58, no.4, pp.268-273, 2020 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 58 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.5152/tao.2020.5999
  • Title of Journal : TURKISH ARCHIVES OF OTORHINOLARYNGOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.268-273

Abstract

In otorhinolaryngology-head and neck surgery, there are several routine and surgical procedures applied to the upper airway that generate droplets and/or aerosols. Therefore, otorhinolaryngology-head and neck surgeons are at higher risk of being exposed to viral content. The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the world with approximately 30 million affected cases and more than 900.000 deaths officially reported in more than 200 countries/regions from March 11th, 2020 to date (September 12th, 2020). All healthcare providers working at the frontlines of the fight against the COVID-19 are at risk of contracting the virus. In this review, we discuss the efficacy of the different types of respiratory protective equipment and remind about the surgery-based respiratory protection strategies in otorhinolaryngology and head and neck surgeries in the light of the latest literature.