Pilot Study to Examine the Use of a Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) in the Operating Room

      BACKGROUND: Caring for patients in airborne precautions presents unique challenges for the operating room (OR) staff when the healthcare worker (HCW) fails the N95 respirator fit-test. The use of Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) is an option; however, its usage compromises the sterile surgical field. The PAPR's positive airflow vents the user's micro flora toward the surgical field. Safe usage of PAPRs in the OR was examined.
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