march 2020 • International Journal of Nursing Studies

Policies on the use of respiratory protection for hospital health workers to protect from coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Abrar A. Chughtai, Holly Seale, Md Saiful Islam, et al.

DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2020.103567

Key message

Por precaução é recomendada a utilização de um equipamento de proteção da via aérea aos profissionais de saúde, idealmente um respirador, ou uma máscara cirúrgica na ausência do primeiro. No entanto, estas recomendações são díspares conforme a entidade que as propõe. O uso prolongado de máscaras e a sua reutilização não são isentos de risco.

Abstract

The lack of agreement on the selection and use of masks (medical or surgical facemasks) and respirators (N95/P2/FFP2 or equivalent) is reflected in inconsistent and conflicting policies worldwide. Masks and respirators are commonly used to protect healthcare workers from respiratory infections, particularly during the initial periods of outbreaks/ pandemics when other control measures not yet available. In this paper we examined existing policies of selected health organization and countries on the use of masks and respirators to protect hospital health workers from COVID-19.