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An alternative use of the surgical mask for the protection of healthcare workers managing epistaxis

  • Stephen Gwilym (a1), Ruth Armstrong (a1), Sujata Kundu (a1) and Nicholas Steventon (a1)


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’ atthe end of the procedure. This is in contrast to findings when no facemask is applied.


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The Journal of Laryngology & Otology
  • ISSN: 0022-2151
  • EISSN: 1748-5460
  • URL: /core/journals/journal-of-laryngology-and-otology
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