What is an Aerosol Generating Procedure?
What risk does this create for healthcare professionals?
The term ‘Aerosol Generating Procedure’ (AGP) is used to describe an activity that may result in the release of small airborne particles (aerosols) or droplets.
If the patient is suffering from an infectious disease this may be transmitted through the airborne or droplet route during an AGP.
Medical procedures in this category form a lengthy list, which includes tracheal intubation and extubation, manual ventilation, tracheotomy or tracheostomy procedures. AGP should therefore receive extra focus as a higher exposure risk of infection both to patients and staff. Procedures are likely to be carried out in dedicated areas but this cannot always be assured. For example, resuscitation may occur in any clinical area and is potentially an Aerosol Generating Procedure.