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BRIEF COMMUNICATION
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 269-272

Reduction of Aerosol Exposure to Orthopedic Surgeons while Drilling Bone in COVID-19 Era: An Innovative Technique


Department of Orthopaedics, Maulana Azad Medical College and Lok Nayak Hospital, New Delhi, India

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Nishant Bhatia
Department of Orthopaedics, Maulana Azad Medical College and Lok Nayak Hospital, New Delhi-110002
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/mamcjms.mamcjms_8_21

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Operating in coronavirus disease times has become a challenge as it risks the frontline task force. Till now, no definitive and clear-cut guidelines for reducing aerosol generating procedures using the orthopedic power tools have been issued by the World Health Organization. We describe a technique to reduce aerosol generation in orthopedic procedures especially during drilling while inserting a screw or pin. We tooled a piece of polycarbonate plastic glass into a cup-shaped configuration and made two working portals, one through which a drill bit/sleeve could be advanced and the other through which a suction catheter could be inserted to suck out the dangerous fumes while drilling.


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