What are the COVID-19 guidelines on use of FFL in patients with head and neck mucosal melanomas?

Updated: May 07, 2020
  • Author: Neeraj N Mathur, MBBS, MS, DNB(ENT), MNAMS, FAMS; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Flexible fiberoptic laryngoscopy (FFL) should be used only when there is concern for imminent risk to life, in patients with unknown COVID-19 status. Any person in the room during the procedure requires personal protective equipment (PPE). Cover the scope when it is removed from the room. The room should be decontaminated following FFL, since it is an aerosol-generating procedure.


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