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

J Laryngol Otol. 2004 Jan;118(1):46-7. doi: 10.1258/002221504322731628.


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' at the end of the procedure. This is in contrast to findings when no facemask is applied.

MeSH terms

  • Blood-Borne Pathogens
  • Epistaxis / therapy*
  • Health Personnel
  • Humans
  • Infectious Disease Transmission, Patient-to-Professional / prevention & control*
  • Masks*
  • Occupational Exposure / prevention & control