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Vol 88, No 6 (2020)
Letter to the Editor
Published online: 2020-11-05
Submitted: 2020-10-21
Accepted: 2020-10-30
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Should emergency medical service stuff use respirators with filtered valve in COVID-19 pandemic?

Katarzyna Barycka, Tomasz Dzieciątkowski, Anna Drozd, Łukasz Szarpak, Miłosz J Jaguszewski, Krzysztof J Filipiak
DOI: 10.5603/ARM.a2020.0167
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Pubmed: 33393663
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Adv Respir Med 2020;88(6):638-639.

open access

Vol 88, No 6 (2020)
LETTERS
Published online: 2020-11-05
Submitted: 2020-10-21
Accepted: 2020-10-30

Abstract

Performing medical procedures with the use of personal protective equipment may reduce the efficiency of medical procedures performed, for example, as with the current use of respiratory protection devices, including N95 or surgical masks. Healthcare workers (HCWs) using N95 respirators or medical masks may experience discomfort associated with wearing a mask when performing medical procedures, in particular those associated with increased physical activity, causing increased respiratory effort.

Abstract

Performing medical procedures with the use of personal protective equipment may reduce the efficiency of medical procedures performed, for example, as with the current use of respiratory protection devices, including N95 or surgical masks. Healthcare workers (HCWs) using N95 respirators or medical masks may experience discomfort associated with wearing a mask when performing medical procedures, in particular those associated with increased physical activity, causing increased respiratory effort.

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Keywords

airway protector; respirators; medical masks; filtered valve; safety; COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2

About this article
Title

Should emergency medical service stuff use respirators with filtered valve in COVID-19 pandemic?

Journal

Advances in Respiratory Medicine

Issue

Vol 88, No 6 (2020)

Article type

Letter to the Editor

Pages

638-639

Published online

2020-11-05

DOI

10.5603/ARM.a2020.0167

Pubmed

33393663

Bibliographic record

Adv Respir Med 2020;88(6):638-639.

Keywords

airway protector
respirators
medical masks
filtered valve
safety
COVID-19
SARS-CoV-2

Authors

Katarzyna Barycka
Tomasz Dzieciątkowski
Anna Drozd
Łukasz Szarpak
Miłosz J Jaguszewski
Krzysztof J Filipiak

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