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NHS hospitals warned over infection risks of masks and respirators brought in during pandemic

Following a number of serious infections, hospitals have warned about the risks of wearing the wrong kind of face mask during surgery. 

This comes after a patient safety alert was issued by NHS England where it was reported that respirator masks have been acquired by the millions during the coronavirus pandemic but sometimes have been deployed in inappropriate settings. 

“These incident reports and feedback from services suggest that the risks of valved respirators and PAPRs for surgical and invasive procedures is not well recognised, and that their use may have become routine in some theatre environments.” NHS England said in the document. 

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Source: The Independent, 26 August 2021


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