WHAT COUNTS AS AN AEROSOL-GENERATING PROCEDURE?
We believe that the UK government should be adhering to WHO guidelines about which procedures are "aerosol-generating procedures". The WHO lists CPR as an AGP. NHS England does not.
- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
- Intubation, extubation and related procedures, for example, manual ventilation and open suctioning of the respiratory tract (including the upper respiratory tract)
- Tracheotomy or tracheostomy procedures (insertion or open suctioning or removal)
- Bronchoscopy and upper ENT airway procedures that involve suctioning
- Upper gastro-intestinal endoscopy where there is open suctioning of the upper respiratory tract
- Surgery and post mortem procedures involving high-speed devices
- Some dental procedures (for example, high-speed drilling)
- Non-invasive ventilation (NIV); Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure Ventilation (BiPAP) and Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Ventilation (CPAP)
- High Frequency Oscillatory Ventilation (HFOV)
- Induction of sputum
- High flow nasal oxygen (HFNO)