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Masks for patients to protect health care workers?


As adequate PPE is not available for health care providers, has anybody considered the practicality of putting negative pressure hoods, or enclosures, on patients to protect health care providers from infectious material?


"In patients who can walk independently, local negative pressure isolation not only prevents the spread of pathogenic microorganisms, but also enables those infected with a greater freedom of movement, permitting rapid and flexible isolation transport. In this study, we designed a local negative pressure isolation hood for patients with respiratory infectious disease, which provides a craniofacial locally isolation environment for patients with mild symptoms or suspected infections."

Also http://www.isosysinc.com/wp-content/uploads/AI7707.pdf

(Does not constitute engineering or OH&S advice)


Specializes in oncology, MS/tele/stepdown. Has 6 years experience.

Setting aside everything else, N95s are bound to be cheaper.