AEROSOL GENERATING PROCEDURES
Aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) may expose healthcare clinicians, emergency responders and dentist, for example, to pathogens causing acute respiratory infections (ARIs). Commonly used dental equipment known to create aerosols and airborne contamination include ultrasonic scaler, high-speed dental handpiece, air/water syringe, air polishing, and air abrasion. Other medical procedures include endotracheal intubation & extubating, autopsy of lung tissue, bronchoscopy, airway suctioning, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and many others. At minimum, eye protection and a surgical or procedure mask or a loose-fitting powered air-purifying respirator should be used by healthcare providers or staff members within proximity of the procedures generating aerosols, regardless of the patient’s infection status.