When performing Aerosol Generating Procedures (AGPs), providers should follow CDC’s Guidance for Dental Settings, which links N95 usage to the patient’s COVID status, community transmission levels, and allows for provider discretion. In summary:
- Providers performing AGPs in facilities located in areas with moderate to substantial community transmission should continue to utilize N95 respirators for AGPs.
- Providers performing AGPs on patients suspected or confirmed to be COVID-19 positive should always use an N-95 respirator during AGPs.
- Providers performing AGPs on patients without signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in minimal to no community transmission areas may utilize standard PPE precautions. Providers should evaluate clinical risk and determine appropriate PPE.
Providers should follow best practices, take due diligence to evaluate risk, and make good faith efforts to provide adequate protection to your employees. Document, document, document your decisions!