Personal protective equipment for orthopaedic and trauma surgeons (search done on 1 April 2020)

Added June 23, 2020

Citation: Hirschmann MT, Hart A, Henckel J, et al. COVID-19 coronavirus: recommended personal protective equipment for the orthopaedic and trauma surgeon. Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy. 2020 Jun;28(6):1690-8.

What is this? A variety of types of personal protective equipment (PPE) are being used to try to protect healthcare workers, such as surgeons, from infection with COVID-19.

In this rapid review, the authors searched for articles about the use of PPE in orthopaedic and trauma surgery. They restricted their searches to articles published in English and German between 1 January 2004 and 1 April 2020. They present their findings in a narrative style and it is not clear how many studies were included.

What was found: At the time of this review, the included articles identified contaminated body fluids and aerosol-generating procedures in orthopaedic and trauma surgery as important sources of transmission of COVID-19.

At the time of this review, the included articles showed that use of telemedicine can help protect staff from COVID-19 and save PPE, while providing patients with rapid access to emergency care in orthopaedics.

 

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