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Journal of Radiological Review 2020 September-October;7(5):376-81

DOI: 10.23736/S2723-9284.20.00052-X

Copyright © 2020 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English, Italian

Masks and filtering facepiece respirators in radiology: Cotugno Hospital procedure

Elio BIGNARDI 1 , Alessandra COPPOLA 2, Francesco BACCARO 1, Daniela DE SANTO 1, Rosa FILIPPELLI 1, Cristiana PALUMBO 1, Michele COPPOLA 1

1 Department of Radiology, Cotugno Hospital, AORN “Dei Colli”, Naples, Italy; 2 School of Specialization in Radiology, University of Milan, Milan, Italy


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One of the most debated issues in the prevention of SARS-CoV2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome-Coronavirus-2) is the alternative use of surgical masks and FFP2 and FFP3 facial filters. The study describes the main differences between surgical masks (medical devices) and facial filters (personal protective equipment), underlying that surgical masks are “altruistic,” useful to protect others from possible contamination by the wearer, while facial filters are “egoistic” devices, useful to protect the respiratory tract of the wearer from possible inbound contamination. Because of the high contagiousness of the virus and in order to prevent the possibility that hospital itself becoming a cluster of infection, in the Cotugno Hospital procedure, all prevention and protection measures have been implemented at the as its best for all health-care workers (HCWs). Since January 2020, therefore since the beginning of the current pandemic, facial filters (minimum FFP2) have been provided to all HCWs in order to protect personnel’s airway, also taking into account the possible airborne route of the virus. The use of surgical masks has been limited to infected patients in order to prevent the emission of potential pathogen from the wearer and to operators in specific areas.


KEY WORDS: Severe acute respiratory syndrome Coronavirus 2; COVID-19; Masks

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