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Front Med (Lausanne)


Surgical Masks Affect the Peripheral Oxygen Saturation and Respiratory Rate of Anesthesiologists.


Yang S, Fang C, Liu X, Liu Y, Huang S, Wang R, Qi F
Front Med (Lausanne). 2022; 9:844710.
PMID: 35492371.


Surgical masks (SMs) protect medical staff and reduce surgical site infections. Extended SM use may reduce oxygen concentrations in circulation, causing hypoxia, headache, and fatigue. However, no research has examined the effects of wearing SMs on oxygenation and physical discomfort of anesthesiologists.