Bronchoscopy safety box and its utility as a barrier in spread of COVID-19 infection

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Authors: Sameer A Arbat, Sweta Raja Chourasia
Publication date : 2021/1/1
Journal : Indian Journal of Respiratory Care
Volume: 10
Issue : 1
Pages : 76
Publisher: Medknow Publications
Description :

The COVID-19 pandemic has infected millions with a high mortality rate. Thousands of frontline health-care workers (HCWs) have been infected with SARS-CoV-2. Protecting HCWs is important.


We sought to develop an innovative barrier to prevent COVID-19 virus transmission while performing bronchoscopy and endotracheal intubation.

Settings and Design:

We have designed and developed a barrier called bronchoscopy safety box (BSB).

Materials and Methods:

BSB is made up of acrylic and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) sheets. We have designed two prototypes of BSBs, namely Prototype 1 and Prototype 2. We performed bronchoscopy procedures and intubation procedures with BSBs. Advantages and limitations were noted and analyzed.


The advantages of BSB include the additional presence of the bronchoscopy aperture and an assistant aperture. All the apertures are covered by …