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2. Minimize aerosolization Preoxygenate the patient for five minutes with 100% FiO2 and perform rapid sequence induction (RSI) to avoid manu- al ventilation of the lungs. Use a video laryngoscope to improve intubation suc- cess and avoid awake fiberoptic intuba- tions, whenever possible. Atomized local anesthetic aerosolizes the virus. These recommendations are critical because certain airway maneuvers that would normally be done on patients prior to the pandemic have the potential to create aerosolized virus particles. Standard anesthesia practices — like bagging the patient— actually increase the risk of the virus being transmitted into the air in droplets. To avoid this, optimize patients' oxygen levels and don't perform unnecessary airway 3 0 • S U P P L E M E N T T O 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 A N U A R Y 2 0 2 1 IntuBarrier™ m a x i m u m p r o t e c t i o n a g a i n s t a i r b o r n e c o n t a m i n a n t s Video Demo: www.bit.ly/intubarrier viscotcs@viscot.com • 800.221.0658 www.viscot.com SAFE SPACE Video laryngoscopes decrease a provider's exposure to aerosolized COVID-19 particles. Pamela Bevelhymer

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