Reduced field of view under the surgical microscope due to personal protective equipment: lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Celtikci E. , Karaaslan B. , Börcek A. Ö. , Emmez O. H.

Neurosurgical focus, vol.49, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 49
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.3171/2020.9.focus20370
  • Title of Journal : Neurosurgical focus
  • Keywords: COVID-19, neurosurgery, personal protective equipment, SARS-CoV-2


OBJECTIVE During the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, neurosurgeons all around the globe continue to operate in emergency cases using new self-protective measures. Personal protective equipment (PPE) use is recommended in all surgeries. The authors have experienced varying degrees of field of view (FOV) loss under the surgical microscope with different PPE. Herein, they aimed to investigate the effects of different PPE on FOV while using the surgical microscope.