Aerosolisation during tracheal intubation and extubation in an operating theatre setting
RS Dhillon, WA Rowin, RS Humphries, K Kevin, JD Ward, TD Phan, LV Nguyen, DD Wynne, DA Scott
ANAESTHESIA | WILEY | Published : 2020
Aerosol-generating procedures such as tracheal intubation and extubation pose a potential risk to healthcare workers because of the possibility of airborne transmission of infection. Detailed characterisation of aerosol quantities, particle size and generating activities has been undertaken in a number of simulations but not in actual clinical practice. The aim of this study was to determine whether the processes of facemask ventilation, tracheal intubation and extubation generate aerosols in clinical practice, and to characterise any aerosols produced. In this observational study, patients scheduled to undergo elective endonasal pituitary surgery without symptoms of COVID-19 were recruited...View full abstract
DS has received competitive research funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council, Medical Research Future Fund, Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Foundation and the Alzheimer's Association. No other external funding or competing interests declared.