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COVID-19 and Risks Posed to Personnel During Endotracheal Intubation

Educational Objective
To understand the risks for hospital personnel during endotracheal intubation
1 Credit CME

Health care personnel who care for critically ill patients with suspected or confirmed novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) routinely participate in procedures, such as endotracheal intubation, that may create infectious aerosols. Among persons infected with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19, approximately 8% will require endotracheal intubation and mechanical ventilation.1

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: Lewis J. Radonovich Jr, MD, 1095 Willowdale Rd, Morgantown, WV 26505 (mto@cdc.gov).

Published Online: April 27, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.6627

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

Disclaimer: The findings and conclusions are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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