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“Settle Time” After an Aerosol Generating Medical Procedure (AGMP)

April 30, 2020
by The College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan


What is “Settle Time”?

The “settle time” is the amount of time needed to remove infectious airborne organisms from room air (e.g., TB, chicken pox) or infectious aerosols that may be created during an AGMP. This begins when the source of infectious aerosols ends.

Examples of when the “settle time” starts include:

  • When a patient on continuous Airborne Precautions is moved out of the room.
  • Following an AGMP when a pathogen or virus (e.g., COVID-19) has the potential to be aerosolized during the procedure

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