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1 8 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U L Y 2 0 2 0 I n the midst of the coron- avirus pandemic, mem- bers of your surgical team must wear the right level of PPE to protect them- selves from exposure to COVID-19. Too little protec- tion, and they'll be unneces- sarily exposed to the coron- avirus. Too much, and they'll burn through precious PPE supplies in no time. Joseph D. Forrester, MD, MSc, a clinical instructor of surgery at Stanford (Calif.) Health Care, created an easy-to-use algorithm designed to right-size the level of PPE staff wear based on the urgency of the procedure, the risk of the patient having COVID-19 and the likelihood of the patient transmitting the virus to a mem- ber of your team. The algorithm was developed by an interdisciplinary team of stake- holders who prioritized safe patient care, protecting surgical profes- sionals and rationing the use of PPE. Dr. Forrester relied on his expe- Keep the Barrier Intact Match PPE use to risk factors to maintain adequate supplies. Safety Dan Cook | Editor-in-Chief GOT YOU COVERED Some facilities are requiring staff members to wear N95 masks throughout the day.

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