Personnel Protective Equipment: Forgotten Protocol, Invigorated by COVID-19


  • Namdeo Prabhu
  • Rakhi Issrani


Coronavirus Infections, Protective Devices, Masks, Patient


Objective: To make the readers cognizant about the use of Personnel Protective Equipment (PPEs) and infection control practices which should always form a part of basic patient management and not arise with every emerging disease. Material and Methods: Authors personal clinical experiences and existing literature were summed up to infer relevant information related specifically to dentistry. A comprehensive review was done for the last 15 years in an attempt to explain the current state of understanding on the topic. Results: The authors have tried to compile the most probable reasons as to why PPEs have been a forgotten protocol, which can be enumerated as follows: decreased awareness, financial issues, boredom and lethargy, time constraints, unavailability, carelessness, and burnout due to long procedure and patient feeling discomfort/offended. Conclusion: COVID-19 being highly infectious, a dental clinic is a potential and genuine point of source for many new infections, and no confabulation is less to underline the importance of using PPEs during this pandemic or even otherwise.


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How to Cite

Prabhu, N. ., & Issrani, R. . (2021). Personnel Protective Equipment: Forgotten Protocol, Invigorated by COVID-19. Pesquisa Brasileira Em Odontopediatria E Clínica Integrada, 21, e0263. Retrieved from



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