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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 64  |  Issue : 12  |  Page : 1081  

Customised face mask: Solution to facial nerve blocks in COVID-19

1 Department of Anaesthesia, SGRDIMSR, Amritsar, Amritsar, India
2 Consultant Dermatologist, RM Aesthetics, Amritsar, India
3 Fellow Pain Medicine, SGRDIMSR, Amritsar, India
4 MBBS student, GMC, Amritsar, Punjab, India

Date of Submission22-Aug-2020
Date of Decision27-Sep-2020
Date of Acceptance07-Oct-2020
Date of Web Publication12-Dec-2020

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ruchi Gupta
Department of Anaesthesia, SGRDIMSR, Amritsar - 143 501, Punjab
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ija.IJA_1081_20

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Gupta R, Mahajan A, Kaur T, Mahajan A. Customised face mask: Solution to facial nerve blocks in COVID-19. Indian J Anaesth 2020;64:1081

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Gupta R, Mahajan A, Kaur T, Mahajan A. Customised face mask: Solution to facial nerve blocks in COVID-19. Indian J Anaesth [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Jun 15];64:1081. Available from: https://www.ijaweb.org/text.asp?2020/64/12/1081/303229


During coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 times, it is important to cover a patient's face with a protective mask. However, managing patients with chronic pain can become extremely challenging especially in cases of uncontrolled cranial neuralgias that may require nerve blocks on the face. Trigeminal nerve has been approached indirectly through injection in the pterygopalatine fossa in trauma patients.[1] Since the traditional mask covers most of the area of the face, it is not possible to perform these blocks with safety. Concurrently, the chances of acquiring COVID infection through aerosols become multifold if the patient's mask is removed during the procedure.

We tried to tackle this encountered problem by customising the face masks for such procedures. This customised face mask has a smaller footprint covering only the nasal and oral apertures thus leaving ample space for head and neck nerve blocks to be performed. A smaller dimensioned cloth was cut and sewn. A single elastic band was attached from the edges of the mask, which wraps around the head area, combined with a flexible strip at the nasal end to ensure a proper fit and seal of the mask [Figure 1]a, [Figure 1]b and [Figure 2]a, [Figure 2]b. A similar mask is also being tried with success by dermatologists for laser hair removal of the facial region.[2] This mask has been used for performing infra-orbital, mental, mandibular, maxillary and glossopharyngeal nerve blocks in more than 10 patients, presenting to our OPD clinic. This mask provides great comfort and safety for both patients and doctors during this pandemic.
Figure 1: (a) Inability to perform facial blocks with normal mask. (b) Customised face mask with wider work field

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Figure 2: (a) Front view of customised face mask with landmarks. (b) Side view of customised face mask.

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We acknowledge Mrs. Manjeet Kaur for sewing and customising mask for us.

Financial support and sponsorship

RM Aesthetics provided material and logistics support.

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.

   References Top

Kumar A, Sinha C, Kumar A, Kumari P, Mukul SK. Ultrasound-guided trigeminal nerve block and its comparison with conventional analgesics in patients undergoing faciomaxillary surgery: Randomised control trial. Indian J Anaesth 2018;62:871-5.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Mahajan A, Gupta S, Chawla S, Mahajan A. Customized mask for patients during facial procedures to maximise work field. (In Press) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaad. 2020.06.025.  Back to cited text no. 2


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