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Epistaxis has a reported prevalence of 10-12 per cent in the general population and is thus one of the commonest emergencies in Otolaryngology. We suggest that the patient uses a surgical mask to prevent blood spray during epistaxis management. Utilizing the described technique we have found that protective clothing worn by the healthcare professional is consistently 'blood-free' at the end of the procedure. This is in contrast to findings when no facemask is applied.

Original publication

DOI

10.1258/002221504322731628

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Laryngol Otol

Publication Date

01/2004

Volume

118

Pages

46 - 47

Keywords

Blood-Borne Pathogens, Epistaxis, Health Personnel, Humans, Infectious Disease Transmission, Patient-to-Professional, Masks, Occupational Exposure