What is it about?
This comment article is about the underlying evidence which advocates using single-use plastic aprons as part of basic personal protective equipment (PPE) when managing patients with suspected COVID-19. It aims to reach a clear conclusion regarding their efficacy, by looking into how the virus is transmitted, and then at which methods may be best to reduce this risk. This is followed by critiquing whether plastic aprons adequately perform this task.
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Why is it important?
The aim of PPE throughout the pandemic has been for reducing transmission of the virus between clinicians and patients, thus preventing infection, potentially serious illness and mortality. If current guidance is based upon evidence which could be improved with further research, then even more lives could potentially be saved by using more appropriate, evidence-based PPE.
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This page is a summary of: PPE for SARS-Cov-2 and the utility of single-use aprons, Journal of Paramedic Practice, October 2021, Mark Allen Group, DOI: 10.12968/jpar.2021.13.10.431.
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