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An alternative way to evacuate a pneumoperitoneum in COVID-19 suspected or positive patients.
  • Rachel Marshall-Roberts,
  • Jessica Braschi
Rachel Marshall-Roberts
University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
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Jessica Braschi
University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
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Abstract

Laparoscopy has been found to result in aerosolization of blood borne viruses and so a more cautious approach has been taken during the pandemic and more attention given to safe deflation of the pneumoperitoneum. We have used a heat and moisture exchange filter to deflate the abdomen as an alternative to a smoke evacuation device. These filters are known to reduce the transmission of microbes and other particulate matter in breathing systems and are readily available in the anaesthetic room.