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Is there Risk of Hypercapnia from Prolonged Use of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators?

Is there Risk of Hypercapnia from Prolonged Use of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators?

Nicolás Solano, Arianny Peraza and Enmanuel Parra

Journal Title:Acta Scientific Otolaryngology
Abstract


Due the pandemic outbreak associated with the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) the use of PPE is of vital importance allowing the prevention and control that can limit the spread of the disease. According to the FDA, an N95 respirator is a respiratory protective device designed to achieve a very close facial fit and very efficient filtration of airborne par-ticles, where its edges are designed to form a seal around the nose and mouth. Maxillofacial surgeons, as well as others who perform procedures in the head and neck region, are at high risk of being exposed to and infected by COVID-19 [1]. Lately, there has been concerns about the risk of the prolonged use of N95 filtering face piece respirators (FFR) as a part of personal protective equipment (PPE) on the healthcare workers, however, research associated with the potential long-term physiological impacts on the use of N95 FFRs has been limited.