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Novel, Inexpensive Portable Respiratory Protection Unit (PRPU) for Healthcare Workers


Introduction: Given concern for increased aerosolization during intubation of patients with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus, we sought to create a portable, inexpensive, and easily constructed device to help protect healthcare workers.

Methods: A respiratory protection unit can be constructed in approximately 30 minutes and for less than 50 United States dollars in materials, using polyvinylchloride pipe and automobile collision wrap.

Conclusion: This device provides possible increased protection during video laryngoscopy and can easily be replicated.

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