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Updated on 3/09/2020

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The Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) COVID-19 Working Group meets regularly 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 and a range of resources are available on the links below.

ASA President Dr Suzi Nou’s VIC COVID-19 Podcast Update for ASA members click here.

The latest podcast on Airborne Transmission of Coronavirus by Dr Suzi Nou and the the latest webinar on Respiratory Protection Webinar Recording – view here.

ASA President Dr Suzi Nou chats with occupational hygienist Kate Cole in our latest podcast. Please enjoy it here.  More podcasts on PPE, fit-testing and pandemic preparedness are available for members. Click here to access or here to join the ASA

For latest updates or faster feedback, please post any questions to the ASA Forum:  Click here

ASA Guidelines

Airway Management Airway Management Guidelines
Paediatric Airway Management
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
N95 vs PAPR
Summary of Anaesthesia Management
Voluntary Agreement for Patients Undergoing Elective Surgery
Fit-Checking Video
Negative Pressure Rooms
NEJM Donning and Doffing Video
Pandemic Planning Planning  
Planning Summary  
Pandemic Surgical Score for Planning Elective Surgery
Anaesthesia Medication Alternatives
Wellbeing Wellbeing Resources
Planning for Quarantine
ICU Resources ICU for the Non-Intensivist – Video
Posters to Download Fit-Testing Poster – ACT Updated on 31/08/2020
Fit-Testing Poster – NSW  Updated on 31/08/2020
Fit-Testing Poster – NT  Updated on 31/08/2020
Fit-Testing Poster – QLD Updated on 31/08/2020
Fit-Testing Poster – SA Updated on 31/08/2020
Fit-Testing Poster – TAS Updated on 31/08/2020
Fit-Testing Poster – VIC Updated on 31/08/2020
Fit-Testing Poster – WA Updated on 31/08/2020
Buddy Check Poster
Circles of Control During COVID-19
FACE-COVID Infographic
Don’t Bring it Home
Stay Apart Stay Safe
COVID-19 Risk Index

 ASA COVID-19 Database

ASA COVID-19 Database Volunteering database

Anaesthesia Resources

Respiratory Protection Webinar Recording
Webinar Link – Avant & Suzi Nou
Webcast Link – PPE update to Anaesthetists – By Dr Nick Coatsworth (Deputy CMO)
National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce Living Guidelines
COVID alerts from WebAirs
Consensus Statement: Safe Airway Society
Safe Airway Society Guidelines Summary
Resources from the WFSA  
Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society Webinar – 22 March
AA (UK) webinar : What you need to know on the frontline

Department of Health Information

DoH Webinar – The New Normal with COVID-19 – 23 July 2020
Australian Government Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The Latest case definitions (CDNA SoNG)
TGA – Medicine Shortages


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ASA-PS21-Fit-testing for adequate respiratory protection Updated on 31/8/2010
Position Statement 20, ICEG Reply and ASA Rebuttal, Senate Submission
Consensus Guidance on delays to Elective Surgery post recovery from SARS-COV 2 infection
Victorian Premier Open letter
ASA submission to the Australian Federal Government Senate Select Committee on COVID-19
COVID-19 MBS Telehealth Items
Advocacy Timeline
Latest Policy Updates
COVID-19 Position Statements

Media Releases

3 September 2020 ASA Welcomes Progress in PPE Fit-Testing Campaign
25 August 2020 ASA Welcomes HCW VIC Changes
12 August 2020 ASA Call for Risk Assessments of Victorian Hospitals
7 August 2020 Victorian Hospitals Alarming COVID-19 Risk to Workers
23 June 2020 ASA Calls for PPE Fit-Testing
20 May 2020 ASA Telehealth win for Anaesthetists
22 April 2020 ASA Alarmed at Telehealth Oversight
21 April 2020 Joint Statement with Health Minister on Elective Surgery
17 April 2020 ASA Encourages Safe Return to Elective Surgery
17 April 2020 ASA PPE Fit-Testing Media Statement
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

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

Dan Holmes FANZCA, Suzi Nou 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, Lan-Hoa Le FANZCA, Ben Piper FANZCA, Nadia Vargas FANZCA, Julie Lee FANZCA, Victoria Eley FANZCA, Stefan Sabato FANZCA, Max Moser CICM, Michelle Horne FANZCA, Isaac Cheung FANZCA, Niketh Kuruvilla MBBS Hons, Divya Sharma FANZCA
In Collaboration with :
Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, ANZICS COVID-19 Working Group, ANZCA/ASA/NZSA Airway SIG, SPANZA, NZSA, SCGH Anaesthesia Wellbeing Team