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Updated on 06/04/2020

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The Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) COVID-19 Working Group has met this week to prepare guidelines to assist anaesthetists in the management of known or suspected COVID-19 patients in operating theatres and in minimising the spread of the virus. These guidelines are now available on the links below.

Some quick tips for you to consider this week are:

  • Practice donning and doffing PPE and intubating. Create the muscle memory
  • Get vaccinated for influenza
  • Consider how you transition from work to home. See page 5 of the Staff Protection guideline.

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ASA Guidelines

Airway Management Background Updated 03/04/2020
Paediatric Airway Management Updated 03/04/2020
Example of an intubation checklist and action plan
Example of an intubation checklist for the operating theatre
Operating theatre intubation checklist (word version)
Staff Protection Background Updated 03/04/2020
N95 vs PAPR
Summary of Anaesthesia Management
Wellbeing Wellbeing
Planning for Quarantine Updated 03/04/2020
ICU Resources ICU Quick Reference Sheet Updated 03/04/2020
ICU for the Non-Intensivist – Slides Updated 03/04/2020
ICU for the Non-Intensivist – Video Updated 03/04/2020
AA (UK) webinar : Critical care ‘cross-skilling’ and update for the general anaesthetist
Pandemic Planning Planning Updated 03/04/2020
Planning Summary Updated 03/04/2020
Posters to Download Don’t Bring it Home Updated 03/04/2020
Stay Apart Stay Safe Updated 03/04/2020

ASA COVID-19 Database

ASA COVID-19 Database Volunteering database


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Advocacy Timeline
MBS Telehealth
Latest Policy Updates  

Media Releases

26 March 2020 ASA Concerned about Private Hospital Exemptions
25 March 2020 ASA Welcomes Elective Surgery Cancellation
25 March 2020 ASA Calls for Extreme Containment Measures
20 March 2020 – ASA PPE Media Statement to AAP
15 March 2020 – Anaesthetists Call to Cancel Elective Surgery
13 March 2020 – Anaesthetists Issue COVID-19 Warning for Australian Hospitals

Anaesthesia resources

National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce Living Guidelines Updated 06/04/2020
COVID alerts from WebAirs
Consensus Statement: Safe Airway Society
Safe Airway Society Guidelines Summary
Resources from the WFSA  
AA (UK) webinar : What you need to know on the frontline

COVID-19 Business Resources

JobKeeper Payment Updated 03/04/2020
Boosting Cash Flow for Employers Updated 03/04/2020
Small Business Relief Package Updated 03/04/2020

With many thanks to the ASA COVID-19 Working Group:

Dan Holmes FANZCA
Brian Spain FANZCA
Matt O’Sullivan FRACP FRCPA
Joey Byrne FANZCA
Verna Aykanat FANZCA
Peter Harrigan FANZCA FCICM
Yasmin Endlich FANZCA
Thar-Nyan Lwin FANZCA
Ben Piper FANZCA
Nadia Vargas FANZCA
Julie Lee FANZCA
Victoria Eley FANZCA
Stefan Sabato FANZCA
Max Moser CICM
Michelle Horne FANZCA

In collaboration with:
Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service
ANZICS COVID-19 Working Group