A Multidisciplinary Approach and Review of Safety Recommendations for Plastic Surgeons During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Are N95 Masks Enough?

Scharukh Jalisi, M.D., M.A.; Austin D. Chen, M.D.; Ernest Gomez, M.D.; Radhika Chigurupati, D.M.D.; Ryan Cauley, M.D., M.P.H.; Suzanne Olbricht, M.D.; Bernard T. Lee, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H.; Samuel J. Lin, M.D., M.B.A.


Plast Reconstr Surg. 2021;148(2):467-474. 

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The COVID-19 pandemic poses unique challenges for the various disciplines involved in plastic and reconstructive surgery, especially as the situation continually evolves. Proceeding with appropriate personal protective equipment is paramount for health care provider and patient safety; however, additional consideration may be weighed for the avoidance of electrocautery for the potential aerosolization of viral load in the operating room aside from the respiratory tract. Although universal recommendations are difficult because of being patient, physician, and region specific, a thoughtful protocol of assessment and surgical intervention needs to be established based on the individualized pandemic status