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Updated on 26/08/2021

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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.

We have been vocal in advocating for appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers on the frontline of the pandemic in Australia. Our actions on behalf of more than 3,700 members have initiated progress in fit-testing and other health and safety actions.

Dr Suzi Nou has been at the forefront of this campaign during 2020 and has been speaking directly to members through regular emails and podcasts.

Australian Anaesthesia podcasts are available wherever you find your podcast. Members who wish to listen to the full content can find them here.

As the Pandemic worsens, we hold concerns about workplace safety in NSW and VIC hospitals. In August, Dr Suzi Nou and NSW Committee Chair Lan-Hoa Le, raised these issues with the NSW Health Minister, Brad Hazzard. Read more> 

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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
Mucosal decontamination with common antiseptic agents
Covid-19 Workplace Safety Position Statement
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 Monash Anaesthesia Posters
Fit-Testing Poster – ACT
Fit-Testing Poster – NSW 
Fit-Testing Poster – NT 
Fit-Testing Poster – QLD
Fit-Testing Poster – SA
Fit-Testing Poster – TAS
Fit-Testing Poster – VIC
Fit-Testing Poster – WA
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
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 15th December 2020
Latest Policy Updates
COVID-19 Position Statements


Media Releases – click here

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, Alpha Tung FANZCA, Lan-Hoa Le FANZCA, Ben Piper FANZCA, Nadia Vargas FANZCA, Julie Lee FANZCA, Victoria Eley FANZCA, Stefan Sabato FANZCA, Max Moser FCICM, Michelle Horne FANZCA, Isaac Cheung FANZCA, Niketh Kuruvilla MBBS Hons, Divya Sharma FANZCA, Yasmine Ali Abdelhamid FCICM
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