How to Make a DIY Face Mask for Coronavirus

Amid a shortage of medical-grade face masks, such as surgical masks (loose-fitting, disposable masks that block large droplets but don’t filter small particles) and N95 respirators (tight-fitting face coverings that filter out small particles), the U.S. federal government recently changed its recommendations, suggesting now that all residents wear homemade facial coverings when they have to go out. That’s a marked difference from previous federal guidance that recommended only sick people or those caring for someone who is sick wear face masks. According to newly updated guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, anyone who is around other people should cover their mouth and nose with a cloth face cover, which the health agency says can be made from household items or common materials found at home. That, in turn, has raised questions about how people can best make their own face coverings at home, whether by sewing cloth masks or fashioning something out of bandanas or other fabric. Wearing cloth face masks while in public can help prevent a person from potentially transmitting an infection to someone else. “If everybody wears a mask, it can prevent asymptomatic carriers from inadvertently infecting other people because it can trap the virus inside the mask,” says Dr. Larry Chu, a professor of anesthesiology at the Stanford University Medical Center. “That can help prevent the spread.” However, the CDC and hea...
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There has been no shortage of innovation and collaboration across the industry to provide critical medical solutions in response to the coronavirus pandemic, but developing a much-needed device is only half the battle. To truly make an impact, innovators need to make their technology available to as many patients as possible. With that end-goal in mind, some organizations are open-sourcing their designs in an effort to ramp up production and distribution. The latest example of this trend comes out of the University of Minnesota (UMN) Bakken Medical Device Center. In early April, MD+DI reported that ...
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DiscussionWhile awaiting a vaccine, hygiene measures, social distancing and personal protective equipment are the only primary prophylaxis measures against SARS-CoV-2, but they have not been sufficient to protect our healthcare professionals. Some evidence of thein vitro efficacy of hydroxychloroquine against this virus is known, along with some clinical data that would support the study of this drug in the chemoprophylaxis of infection. However, there are still no data from controlled clinical trials in this regard. If our hypothesis is confirmed, hydroxychloroquine can help professionals fight this infection with more gu...
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Over the past few months, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has provided an unprecedented challenge to critical care teams across the world. As the number of cases increases exponentially, we are seeing an unparalleled strain on intensive care resources.
Source: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: research
We would like to present a simple and efficacious technique to reduce contamination in the operating room (OR) while performing one-lung ventilation (OLV) during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Source: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: research
ANESTHESIOLOGISTS across the United States have a rich history in critical care that spans more than 60 years. The American Board of Anesthesiology first offered certification in critical care in 1986.1 This development followed an unsuccessful attempt to create a unified board certification process for all critical care physicians from various backgrounds, including anesthesiology, internal medicine, pediatrics, and surgery.1,2 Since the introduction of board certification, the participation of anesthesiologists in critical care has not kept pace with that by other specialists from emergency medicine, internal medicine, a...
Source: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Editorial Source Type: research
THE PANDEMIC FROM CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) is now a global crisis in healthcare and graduate medical education, including the fellowship landscape in adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology for applicants, fellows, faculty, and program leadership.1-4 The classification of the pandemic intensity at a given institution by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is a helpful guide for all of these stakeholders to plan and navigate the crisis successfully in the academic year ahead.
Source: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Editorial Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: Viral transmission from patients exhibiting no symptoms in the operating room is plausible and efforts to reduce risk to healthcare providers include reducing aerosolization and wearing appropriate personal protective equipment, the feasibility of which will vary based on geographic risk and equipment availability. PMID: 32488493 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Can J Anaesth Source Type: research
“As a physician anesthesiologist who has previously been on assignment for Doctors Without Borders in a resource-depleted region fraught with conflict, I ’d like to say there’s little I haven’t seen. But now, after four weeks of staffing COVID intensive care units and emergency response teams throughout New York City, I struggle to distinguish between the […]Find jobs at  Careers by KevinMD.com.  Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.  Learn more.
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PROVIDING ADEQUATE care to the large number of patients critically ill with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) with severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a resource-intensive task. Reducing duration of mechanical ventilation may assist in decompressing intensive care units (ICUs). Standard of care in managing ARDS includes lung-protective ventilation and appropriate diuresis.1,2 Recent literature regarding using portable ultrasonography at the bedside (point-of-care ultrasound or POCUS) on critically ill patients suggested current use in modern ICUs.
Source: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: research
Source: Canadian Journal of Anesthesia - Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: research
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