Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) For Both Anesthesiologists and Other Airway Managers: Principles and Practice During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Journal Based CME Activity sponsored by the Stanford University School of Medicine. Published by Springer Nature - Publication Canadian Journal of Anesthesia/Journal canadien d'anesthésie (2020).

Healthcare providers are facing a coronavirus disease pandemic. This pandemic may last for many months, stressing the Canadian healthcare system in a way that has not previously been seen. Keeping healthcare providers safe, healthy, and available to work throughout this pandemic is critical. The consistent use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) will help assure its availability and healthcare provider safety.

The purpose of this article is to give both anesthesiologists and other front-line healthcare providers a framework from which to understand the principles and practices surrounding PPE decision-making. We propose three types of PPE including: 1) PPE for droplet and contact precautions, 2) PPE for general airborne, droplet, and contact precautions, and 3) PPE for those performing or assisting with high-risk aerosol-generating medical procedures.

Target Audience

Specialties - All Specialties, Anesthesiology

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  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 1.00 Participation
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AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (1.00 hours), Non-Physician Participation Credit (1.00 hours)


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Credit Designation

The Stanford University School of Medicine designates this Journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The California Board of Registered Nursing recognizes that Continuing Medical Education (CME) is acceptable for meeting RN continuing education requirements as long as the course is certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM (  Nurses will receive a Certificate of Participation following this activity that may be used for license renewal. The provider number is: 0000751.

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Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 1.00 Participation
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