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Register Now: Implementing PAPRs into Operating Theatres during COVID | 5 June 2022

Euroanaesthesia 2022 – 4-6 June 2022, Milan, Italy

Developing a single user protocol for a powered respirator

Speaker: Dr Robert Wengritzky (AU)

Date: Sunday 5 June 2022

Time: 2:00pm-2:20pm (CEST)

The pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of relying on low-tech masks, including high infection rates and staff shortages. It serves as a reminder that healthcare systems must adjust to managing ongoing airborne risks, and regularly review their preparedness plans with a focus on worker protection.

Join Dr Robert Wengritzky, Specialist Anaesthetist at Frankston Hospital, Australia, as he discusses how he implemented high-protection PAPRS into a clinical setting, within 3 weeks.

With rising staff infections alongside general case numbers increasing, implementing PAPRs into high-risk COVID-19 operating theatres required careful consideration of infection control procedures.

Register to attend virtually or in-person and hear Dr Wengritzky discuss:

  • The logistical considerations and disinfection procedures the hospital undertook prior to implementing the fleet
  • How, in collaboration with CleanSpace, close to 200 staff have been formally trained and credentialed for CleanSpace HALO use
  • The benefits they saw in using CleanSpace HALO with non-COVID-19 cases; allowing all members of the surgical and anaesthetic team to practice and feel confident using their devices.

The vast majority of the staff now prefer to wear a CleanSpace HALO unit rather than a N95 mask in the COVID theatre.


Dr Rob Wengritzky


Dr. Wengritzky graduated Medical school at Monash before completing his critical care residency and going on to complete his specialist training in Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at The Alfred. He completed a general fellowship at Frankston Hospital with a focus on Upper Limb Regional Anaesthesia, Vascular and Paediatric Anaesthesia.

Rob works as a Staff Specialist Anaesthetist at Frankston hospital and an Anaesthetist at Peninsula Private Hospital, The Bays Hospital, Frankston Private Hospital and Beleura Hospital. He has an interest in regional anaesthesia and pain management, upper limb surgery, vascular surgery, complex airway management, perioperative safety and education and training of junior doctors.