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Aerosol Mediated Transmission of SARS-Cov-2 Or COVID-19 In the Cardiac Surgical Operating Room
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  • Satish Kumar,
  • Lalit Kapoor,
  • dhiraj barman,
  • Pradeep Narayan
Satish Kumar
Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences
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Lalit Kapoor
Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences
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dhiraj barman
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Pradeep Narayan
Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences
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Abstract

While there is significant awareness regarding droplet and contact transmission, aerosols are generally underestimated as a potential mode of transmission of SARS-Cov-2 infection. With the gradual resumption of cardiac surgical activities, the cardiac surgical operating room will become an important potential source of infection to the cardiac surgeon and other healthcare workers participating in the operation. There is also diminished awareness about the different aerosol generating procedures (AGP) in the cardiac surgical operating room. In this mini-review we intend to highlight the various aerosol generating procedures that are common in cardiac surgery. This will help increase the awareness among surgeons to AGP. A practical approach to taking preventive measures have also been discussed.

Peer review status:ACCEPTED

19 May 2020Submitted to Journal of Cardiac Surgery
20 May 2020Submission Checks Completed
20 May 2020Assigned to Editor
20 May 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
24 May 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
24 May 2020Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
25 May 20201st Revision Received
27 May 2020Submission Checks Completed
27 May 2020Assigned to Editor
27 May 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
27 May 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
27 May 2020Editorial Decision: Accept