Drape to prevent disease transmission during endotracheal intubation

Am J Infect Control. 2021 Mar;49(3):387-388. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2020.06.212. Epub 2020 Jul 3.


Endotracheal intubation poses high risk of transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 and other respiratory pathogens. We designed and here describe a protective drape that we believe will greatly reduce this risk. Unlike the intubation box that has been described prior, it is portable, disposable, and does not restrict operator dexterity. We have used it extensively and successfully during the height of the corona virus disease of 2019 outbreak.

Keywords: COVID-19; Novel coronavirus; SARS-CoV-2.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19 / prevention & control
  • COVID-19 / transmission*
  • Humans
  • Infectious Disease Transmission, Patient-to-Professional / prevention & control*
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / adverse effects
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / instrumentation*
  • Occupational Exposure / prevention & control*
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Surgical Drapes*