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Originator: National Patient Safety Alert - NHS England & NHS Improvement

Issue date: 25-Aug-2021 14:31:26

This alert has been issued to:
  • Care Trusts
  • Mental Health Trusts
  • Specialists Trusts
  • Learning Disabilities Trusts
  • Mental Health & Social Care Trusts
  • Ambulance Trusts
  • Mental Health & Learning Disabilities Trusts
  • Acute Trusts
  • Community Trusts

  • Other contacts
  • Independent Healthcare Providers (registered with CAS)
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Special Health Authorities
  • GP - Locum
  • NHS 111 and Out of hours providers
  • GP Practices
  • Primary Care Networks
  • GP Practices 1

Action category: Action

Title: Infection risk when using FFP3 respirators with valves or Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPRs) during surgical and invasive procedures

Broadcast content:
Exhalation valves on FFP3 respirators and the air exiting powered hoods (known as powered air purifying respirators – PAPRs), do not filter exhaled breath.  

This alert asks providers to revise procedures, purchasing processes, stock supply, checklists, and stock labelling around the use of these respirators to ensure they are not used during surgical and invasive procedures except in very specific circumstances set out in infection control guidance linked in the Alert.

Additional information: This alert has been sent directly to GP Practices and is relevant to those whose staff undertake surgical and invasive procedures.

Alert reference: NatPSA/2021/009/NHSPS

Action underway deadline: 27-Aug-2021

Action complete deadline: 25-Nov-2021


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