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posted on 2023-05-21, 02:52 authored by Stapleton, HJ
The pandemic year of 2020 brought unparalleled and swift changes to health care processes within Australia. All registered nurses in the Post Anaesthesia Care Unit (PACU) of a regional tertiary referral hospital had to make changes to routine personal protective equipment (PPE) practice to accommodate a safer environment for both staff and patients. Changes to PPE practices included the addition of heat moisture exchange (HME) filters to laryngeal mask airways (LMAs), and the use of Level 3 surgical masks during aerosolising procedures such as extubation and nebulisation. Changes were also made to the structured handover from anaesthetic nurse to the PACU to increase compliance with PPE practice.

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Publication title

Journal of Perioperative Nursing

Volume

34

Pagination

19-21

ISSN

2209-1084

Department/School

School of Nursing

Publisher

Australian College of Perioperative Nurses

Place of publication

Australia

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This is an Open Access article under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license. (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

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Socio-economic Objectives

Nursing

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