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Reducing potential aerosol generation in flexible nasolaryngoscopy: a novel method
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  • John Curran,
  • Nick Calder,
  • May Yaneza,
  • Arunachalam Iyer
John Curran
Monklands Hospital
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Nick Calder
Monklands Hospital
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May Yaneza
Monklands Hospital
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Arunachalam Iyer
Monklands Hospital
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Peer review status:Published

09 Jul 2020Published in The Journal of Laryngology & Otology on pages 1-7. 10.1017/S0022215120001413

Abstract

Key Points: 1. Clinical areas where Fibreoptic nasoendoscopy (FNE) and larygoscopy (FOL) are performed are high risk areas in the COVID-19 era as they are potential aerosol generating procedures (AGP). 2. Barrier protection remains the key to prevent transmission. This device is one that patients can wear to reduce potential aerosol contamination of the surroundings. 3. Seal can be verified and tested by the patient placing a thumb over the filter. 4. This device is simple, reproduceable, easy to use, economical and well tolerated. Full personal protection equipment (PPE) is still advisable to be worn by the operator. 5. This device may reduce potential aerosolisation and thus reduce the need to allow air changes in clinic rooms, freeing up clinical resources.