Aerosol precautions are required when performing aerosol-generating procedures. These include taking respiratory tract samples for SARS-CoV-2 testing (such as nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swabs), intubation, bronchoscopy, open suctioning of the respiratory tract, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Aerosol precautions for healthcare workers:

  • Healthcare worker PPE consists of gloves, gown (or apron), a fit-tested particulate respirator (N95 respirator or equivalent), and eye protection (goggles or face shield)

  • Use an adequately ventilated single room when performing aerosol-generating procedures, with spacing between beds of at least 1-1.5 metres.

A fuller discussion of IPC is beyond the scope of these guidelines. Comprehensive national IPC guidelines for COVID-19 are available at the NICD’s website.

For more details, refer to the World Health Organization IPC guidelines: 

Answers extracted from: Clinical management of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 disease (Version 4, May 2020)

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