SURGERY AND AEROSOL GENERATING PROCEDURES ON COVID-19 PATIENTS

INFECTION CONTROL IN SURGERY ON COVID-19 PATIENTS AND METHOD OF CLEANING OT, RECOVERY ROOM AND ISOLATION ROOMS AFTER USE FOR AEROSOL GENERATING PROCEDURES

COVID-19 patients are ideally being isolated in a negative pressure environment; operating theaters (OT) are usually designed to be at positive pressure relative to surrounding air. However, 25 per hour of air exchange rapidly reduces viral load within the operation theatre (OT). Surgery for COVID-19 patients should be planned in such a way to ensure patient safety, healthcare worker safety and infection prevention reducing aerosol-generating procedures (i.e., airway manipulation, face mask ventilation, open airway suctioning and patient coughing) as far as possible involving minimum necessary staff.

Author: Dr Roshan Jayasuriya ( Web Admin )