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Released: 13-Jan-2021 11:20 AM EST
Overwhelming Number of Veterans and Citizens Urge VA to Uphold Physician-Led Anesthesia Care to Protect Veterans’ Lives
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is gratified by the overwhelming concern from Veterans, their families, the medical community and concerned citizens about a rule from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that would remove physician supervision from anesthesia care in VA. More than 10,000 comments were submitted, including more than 3,000 from Veterans and their family members, in support of maintaining safe, high-quality physician anesthesiologist-delivered or physician-led anesthesia care for our nation’s Veterans, out of the 13,000 comments submitted overall.

Released: 4-Jan-2021 9:50 AM EST
6 Simple Steps Physician Anesthesiologists Can Lead on to Reduce Older Adults’ Risk of Surgery-related Delirium
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

A new paper defines the key practical steps that can be taken before, during, and after surgery to reduce patients’ risk of developing delirium and related problems that have long-term implications for brain health. Due to their unique role in perioperative care, physician anesthesiologists are ideally suited to lead multidisciplinary teams to implement these recommendations devoted to ensuring safety for all patients.

Released: 22-Dec-2020 11:15 AM EST
American Society of Anesthesiologists Commends Congress for Work on Surprise Medical Bills and Medicare Payment Cuts in New Stimulus Bill
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is pleased that a number of ASA’s priorities were addressed in the most recent COVID-19 stimulus bill; some improvements to the final surprise medical bill provisions and partial relief from the previous draconian Medicare cuts scheduled for January 1, 2021.

Released: 15-Dec-2020 12:15 PM EST
Early Access to COVID-19 Vaccination Essential for Anesthesia Professionals, ASA Says
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

With the first round of COVID-19 vaccines being deployed to states across the country, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) advises that anesthesia professionals, and other frontline health care workers, be prioritized to receive early access to the COVID-19 vaccination given their high risk of exposure to the virus in operating rooms, labor and delivery suites, procedural areas, emergency rooms and critical care units.

Released: 9-Dec-2020 12:05 PM EST
American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Offer Guidance on Surgery for Post-COVID-19 Infected Patients
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

A new surgical patient demographic has emerged during COVID-19; patients who have recovered from the virus. To help hospitals, surgeons, anesthesiologists and proceduralists evaluate and schedule essential and elective surgeries for these patients, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) offer the following guidance as hospitals need to perform surgery even as the country continues to grapple with the pandemic.

Released: 4-Dec-2020 1:40 PM EST
Proposed Medicare Cuts Threaten Anesthesiology Practices Already Struggling Amid Pandemic
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Medicare has finalized a regulation mandating drastic cuts to its payment rates for important health care services, threatening the practices of physician anesthesiologists who have been on the front lines of the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) opposes these detrimental payment reductions, and urges Congress to take immediate action to override the cuts and ensure physician anesthesiologists can continue to care for their patients while being fairly compensated for their work.

Released: 2-Dec-2020 1:30 PM EST
American Society of Anesthesiologists Urges Medicare to Keep Physician-led Anesthesia Care to Protect Older Patients and Patients with Disabilities
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued a request for information regarding waivers declared during the COVID-19 pandemic, including one that removed physician anesthesiologists from anesthesia care and replaced them with nurses. The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) urges Americans to protect older patients and those with disabilities by posting a comment to the Federal Register asking the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to rescind the temporary policy that lowers the standard of care and risks patients’ lives.

Released: 12-Nov-2020 3:45 PM EST
Physician Anesthesiologists, Veterans and VA Anesthesia Chiefs Urge VA to Uphold Physician-Led Anesthesia Care to Protect Veterans’ Lives
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

In response to a recently released rule by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) wants Americans to protect Veterans by asking VA to uphold the national standard of anesthesia care that ensures health and safety.

30-Oct-2020 1:35 PM EDT
GAO’s Anesthesia Services Report Inaccurate and Misleading, says American Society of Anesthesiologists
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The U.S. Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) report on anesthesia services missed the mark, according to the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). Instead of a full and comprehensive review of a longstanding problem of unusually low Medicare payment rates for anesthesia services, the GAO made no effort to analyze the crux of the problem, the Medicare anesthesia payment system, which in itself is flawed.

Released: 26-Oct-2020 11:20 AM EDT
Gov. Ducey Ignores Nearly Two Thousand Letters from Physicians and the Public Demanding He Protect Patient Safety
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Gov. Doug Ducey has ignored more than 1700 letters from the medical community and the public strongly urging he protect Arizona patients by making his decision to “opt-out” of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ physician supervision requirement temporary.

Released: 13-Oct-2020 12:35 PM EDT
American Society of Anesthesiologists Named a Best and Brightest Company to Work For® in the Nation, Fourth Year in a Row
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today announced it has been selected as a 2020 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® in the Nation. This marks the fourth consecutive year the Society has received the designation. The honor identifies companies that display a commitment to excellence in operations and employee enrichment that lead to increased productivity and financial performance.

Released: 12-Oct-2020 11:00 AM EDT
Labor epidurals do not cause autism; Safe for mothers and infants, say anesthesiology, obstetrics, and pediatric medical societies
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP),the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia (SPA) the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) aim to clearly reassure pregnant women that the article “Association Between Epidural Analgesia During Labor and Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Offspring,” a new retrospective database study published in JAMA Pediatrics on October 12th, 2020 does not provide credible scientific evidence that epidurals for pain relief cause autism.

Released: 7-Oct-2020 4:00 PM EDT
American Society of Anesthesiologists names Beverly K. Philip, M.D., FACA, FASA, new president
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Beverly K. Philip, M.D., FACA, FASA, founding director of the Day Surgery Unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and professor of anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School in Boston, was today named president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), the nation’s largest organization of physician anesthesiologists.

Released: 7-Oct-2020 4:00 PM EDT
Michael W. Champeau, M.D., FASA, elected first vice president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today announced Michael W. Champeau, M.D., FASA, has been named first vice president of ASA. Dr. Champeau was elected at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2020 annual meeting and will serve for one year.

28-Sep-2020 2:05 PM EDT
Acupuncture before surgery means less pain, significantly fewer opioids for Veterans
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Veterans who have acupuncture before surgery report less pain and need far fewer opioids to manage their discomfort, according to a randomized, controlled study being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2020 annual meeting.

28-Sep-2020 2:15 PM EDT
Cannabis use prompts need for more anesthesia during surgery, increases pain and postoperative opioid use, study shows
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Not only might cannabis users require more anesthesia during surgery than non-users, they may have increased pain afterwards and use higher doses of opioids while in the hospital, suggests first-of-its kind research being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2020 annual meeting.

28-Sep-2020 10:05 AM EDT
COVID-19 testing of all children before having anesthesia saves personal protective equipment
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Universal COVID-19 testing of children who are having procedures requiring anesthesia promotes efficient use of personal protective equipment (PPE), according to research being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2020 annual meeting.

28-Sep-2020 1:15 PM EDT
Telemedicine saves chronic pain patients time and money
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Patients who saw a pain medicine specialist via telemedicine saved time and money and were highly satisfied with their experience, even before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2020 annual meeting.

28-Sep-2020 1:05 PM EDT
Artificial intelligence can predict patients at highest risk for severe pain, increased opioid use after surgery
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Artificial intelligence (AI) used in machine learning models can predict which patients are at highest risk for severe pain after surgery, and help determine who would most benefit from personalized pain management plans that use non-opioid alternatives, suggests new research being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2020 annual meeting.

28-Sep-2020 2:20 PM EDT
American Society of Anesthesiologists honors Patricia A. Kapur, M.D., with its Distinguished Service Award
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today presented Patricia A. Kapur, M.D., with its 2019 Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her long and highly distinguished career as a physician anesthesiologist, administrator and educator.

28-Sep-2020 2:35 PM EDT
American Society of Anesthesiologists recognizes Albert J. Varon, MD, MHPE, FCCM, FASA, with its Excellence in Education Award
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today presented Albert J. Varon, MD, MHPE, FCCM, FASA, with its 2020 Excellence in Education Award in recognition of his exemplary educational initiatives and programs that have been adopted into anesthesiology training programs at the state and national level.

28-Sep-2020 2:40 PM EDT
American Society of Anesthesiologists recognizes Robert D. Sanders, Ph.D., with its 2020 James E. Cottrell Presidential Scholar Award
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today presented Robert D. Sanders, B.Sc., M.B.B.S., Ph.D., F.R.C.A., with its 2020 James E. Cottrell Presidential Scholar Award in recognition of his outstanding work in anesthesia and translational research.

28-Sep-2020 2:50 PM EDT
American Society of Anesthesiologists recognizes Ru-Rong Ji, Ph.D., with its Excellence in Research Award
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today presented Ru-Rong Ji, Ph.D., with its 2020 Excellence in Research Award in recognition of his extensive research career focused on understanding the molecular and cellular basis of pain.

28-Sep-2020 12:50 PM EDT
Researchers zero in on genetic connection to postpartum hemorrhage
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Researchers have identified genetic mutations that appear to protect women from severe bleeding after childbirth, a leading cause of maternal death.

28-Sep-2020 12:35 PM EDT
Black children more than twice as likely to die after surgical complications
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

When it comes to surgery, minority children lag far behind white children, according to two analyses of large national databases being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2020 annual meeting.

28-Sep-2020 11:50 AM EDT
Significant decline in prescription opioid abuse seen among Americans at last
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Almost 20 years into the opioid epidemic, there finally is evidence of significant and continual decreases in the abuse of these risky pain medications, according to an analysis of national data being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2020 annual meeting.

Released: 25-Sep-2020 3:55 PM EDT
ASA Applauds White House Effort to End Surprise Medical Bills
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) applauds yesterday’s announcement of an Executive Order by the president to address surprise medical bills. ASA has been committed to ongoing efforts to protect patients while finding a fair solution to addressing these unexpected medical bills.

Released: 21-Sep-2020 12:25 PM EDT
Register Now: Virtual ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2020
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

We’re only a few weeks away from the largest annual anesthesiology educational event in the world -- ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2020 -- the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), where thousands of experts in the specialty of anesthesiology will come together virtually for the first time ever.

Released: 8-Sep-2020 9:05 AM EDT
Proposed Medicare Cuts Threaten Anesthesiology Practices Already Struggling Amid Pandemic
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Medicare has proposed drastic cuts to its payment rates for important health care services, threatening the practices of physician anesthesiologists who have been on the front lines of the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) opposes these detrimental payment reductions, and urges Congress to take action to override the budget neutrality requirements that are the cause for these cuts and thereby ensure physician anesthesiologists can continue to care for their patients while being more fairly compensated for their work.

Released: 2-Sep-2020 9:00 AM EDT
American Society of Anesthesiologists Hosts ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2020
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

African American and Hispanic children are less likely to have surgery than white children. People who use cannabis need more pain medicine during and after surgery. Some good news—opioid abuse is down. These studies are among the significant and newsworthy research being presented at ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2020, the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Oct. 2-5, which is all-virtual this year.

Released: 13-Aug-2020 10:05 AM EDT
Four National Organizations Provide Guidance on Maintaining Essential Operations as COVID-19 Pandemic Continues
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The recent resurgence of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has many states near or at bed and intensive care unit (ICU) capacity, and health care facilities’ ability to meet the ongoing needs of surgical patients may be stressed by new influxes of COVID-19 patients admitted to health care facilities. To ensure health care organizations, physicians, and nurses remain prepared to meet these demands to care for patients who undergo recommended essential operations, the American College of Surgeons (ACS), American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and American Hospital Association (AHA) have developed a Joint Statement: Roadmap for Maintaining Essential Surgery During COVID-19 Pandemic. This joint statement provides a list of principles and considerations to guide physicians, nurses, and hospitals and health systems as they provide essential care to their patients and communities. This joint statement builds on the Joint Statement:

Released: 3-Aug-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Arizonans Overwhelmingly Want Physicians to Supervise Nurse Anesthetists and Respond to Anesthesia Emergencies
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The Arizona Society of Anesthesiologists (AzSA) and the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) strongly oppose Governor Doug Ducey’s decision to “opt-out” of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ physician supervision requirement, which dismantles the anesthesia care team model in Arizona by allowing nurse anesthetists to administer anesthesia without physician supervision. Only 28% of Arizona voters support the governor’s exemption to this federal regulation that requires nurse anesthetists to administer anesthesia under the supervision of a physician.

28-Jul-2020 5:30 PM EDT
Perioperative Surgical Home Programs Can Improve Patient Outcomes, Decrease Hospital Stays, Review Finds
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

New research shows hospitals that use of a Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) model of care may be more likely to achieve good clinical outcomes and lower costs of care for their surgical patients, than hospitals without a PSH program.

Newswise: American Society of Anesthesiologists Receives Prestigious ‘Accreditation with Commendation’ for Continuing Medical Education Program
Released: 27-Jul-2020 2:50 PM EDT
American Society of Anesthesiologists Receives Prestigious ‘Accreditation with Commendation’ for Continuing Medical Education Program
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) has received the prestigious “Accreditation with Commendation” designation from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) in recognition of ASA’s high quality continuing medical education (CME) program. Of the applicants eligible to apply for “commendation,” approximately 10% receive the designation.

Newswise: New Hampshire Anesthesiologists Lead Tele-Intensive Care Unit Innovation for COVID-19 Patients in Rural Areas during Public Health Crisis
Released: 27-Jul-2020 10:50 AM EDT
New Hampshire Anesthesiologists Lead Tele-Intensive Care Unit Innovation for COVID-19 Patients in Rural Areas during Public Health Crisis
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Physician anesthesiologists have been on the frontlines caring for COVID-19 patients throughout the country, but in New Hampshire physicians have innovated with a Tele-Intensive Care Unit (TeleICU) hub to collaborate with physicians in rural hospitals to ensure infected patients from across the state get critical care expertise at no expense while receiving care close to home.

Released: 20-Jul-2020 3:25 PM EDT
American Society of Anesthesiologists Honors David Siegel, M.D., FASA, with 2020 Bertram W. Coffer, M.D., Excellence in Government Award
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) announced David Siegel, M.D., FASA, director and past president of the New Mexico Society of Anesthesiologists (NMSA), received the 2020 Bertram W. Coffer, M.D., Excellence in Government award, given in recognition of exemplary contributions to the medical specialty of anesthesiology, its practitioners and patients.

Released: 15-Jul-2020 6:45 PM EDT
Use of Ketamine for a Non-medical Purpose: Statement from the American Society of Anesthesiologists
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists firmly opposes the use of ketamine or any other sedative/hypnotic agent to chemically incapacitate someone for a law enforcement purpose and not for a legitimate medical reason. Ketamine is a potent analgesic, sedative and general anesthetic agent which can elevate blood pressure and heart rate, and can lead to confusion, agitation, delirium, and hallucinations. These effects can end in death when administered in a non-health care setting without appropriately trained medical personnel and necessary equipment.

13-Jul-2020 5:55 PM EDT
AQI Receives Support from Edwards Lifesciences to Improve Data Collection and Analysis of Low Blood Pressure
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI), a related organization of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), announced today a quality-driven initiative dedicated to further developing the National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (NACOR), the largest anesthesia registry in the country. The initiative, supported by Edwards Lifesciences, represents a shared vision between AQI and Edwards to improve data collection and analysis, including new tracking and feedback of intraoperative hypotension (low blood pressure), to better inform future quality standards that can positively impact patient outcomes.

8-Jul-2020 6:35 PM EDT
Nurses’ Use of Physician Term Anesthesiologist Misleading to Patients
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) yesterday urged the New Hampshire Supreme Court to uphold the New Hampshire Medical Board’s decision that health care professionals using the term “anesthesiologist” must be licensed physicians and meet all the requirements to practice medicine in the state, according to an amicus curiae brief filed on behalf of ASA and the American Medical Association (AMA).

Released: 1-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Children and adults should wear masks in public to reduce COVID-19 spread, anesthesia professionals urge
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Anesthesia professionals urge the public to wear masks to stop spread of COVID-19

28-Jun-2020 7:50 PM EDT
ASA Monitor Relaunched to Reflect More Global, Timely Issues in Perioperative Health Care News
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

To bring a full range of perioperative health care news and information to physician anesthesiologists, surgical care team members and health care executives, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today announced its expanded partnership with Wolters Kluwer to publish and relaunch its publication the ASA Monitor

Released: 28-May-2020 2:40 PM EDT
Anesthesia Practices See Major Financial Hit as Physician Anesthesiologists Pivot During COVID-19 to Treat Patients in Critical Care and ICUs, ASA Survey Highlights
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

A recent survey of anesthesia administrators and executive members of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) finds a majority of physician anesthesiologists pivoted from working in the operating room to treating COVID-19 patients in critical care units and ICUs, making the most of their expertise in intubation, ventilation strategies, and critical care medicine, which includes all aspects of resuscitation with multiorgan failure.

Released: 14-May-2020 3:10 PM EDT
ASA Urges Secretary Azar to Implement a Moratorium on Health Insurer Contract Cancellations and Reinstatement of Cancelled Physician Contracts
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Health insurance companies around the country are using aggressive negotiating tactics to terminate physician contracts, forcing physicians out of network with little or no notice and increasing the likelihood that patients will receive surprise medical bills. The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) has implored Alex M. Azar II, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to press insurers to reinstate terminated contracts and to implement a moratorium on cancellations and terminations during this national health emergency.

Released: 6-May-2020 1:05 PM EDT
Physician Anesthesiologists Urge VA to Reverse Directive Jeopardizing Veterans’ Lives
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) urges Americans to protect our nation’s Veterans by asking the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to reverse its memorandum that dismantles the successful anesthesia care team, removes physician anesthesiologists from surgery and replaces them with nurses, lowering the standard of care for Veterans and jeopardizing their lives.

Released: 5-May-2020 9:40 AM EDT
Anesthesiologists Provide Elective Surgery Checklist for Patients During COVID-19
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Your knee replacement, cataract removal, hernia repair or other elective surgery was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and now your doctor is calling to reschedule, but you are unsure. As the curve of new COVID-19 cases begins to flatten in the United States, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is providing guidelines so you know when it’s safe to have surgery.

Released: 4-May-2020 8:05 AM EDT
Restarting and Expanding Elective Surgery After COVID-19: Special Webinar Panel Hosted by American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

A multidisciplinary panel of experts including a surgeon, hospital executive, nurse executive and physician anesthesiologist will address attendees during a special webinar titled, “Challenges and Strategies in Restarting and Expanding Elective Surgery After COVID-19.” The panel will review the joint statement “Roadmap for Resuming Elective Surgery after COVID-19 Pandemic” and provide individual perspectives and information on patient/case priority, patient/family comfort, testing and workforce issues, personal protective equipment, sites of care, workforce resiliency and “go forward” plans, including reimbursement, regulatory needs and financial control. ASA has been facilitating and steering health care institutions in their efforts to return to surgery and get back to business.

Released: 17-Apr-2020 10:15 AM EDT
Safely resuming elective surgery as COVID-19 curve flattens: ACS, ASA, AORN and AHA develop roadmap for readiness
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

As the COVID-19 surge wanes in different parts of the country, patients’ pent up demand to resume their elective surgeries will be immense. To ensure patients can have elective surgeries as soon as safely possible, a roadmap to guide readiness, prioritization and scheduling has been developed by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and American Hospital Association (AHA).

Released: 27-Mar-2020 2:10 PM EDT
ASA Urges Administration to Take Steps to Ensure Continued Patient Care, Provider Safety During COVID-19
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

As the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) continues to collaborate with the Administration, Congress and other officials on ways physician anesthesiologists can help treat patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, ASA President Mary Dale Peterson, M.D., MSHCA, FACHE, FASA, sent a communication to the White House commending the Administration for its work to date and formalizing key ASA recommendations to address top health concerns. In the communication, Dr. Peterson urges the Administration to continue to prioritize actions to expand access to personal protective equipment (PPE), to provide robust economic relief to physician anesthesiologists’ practices and to increase access to ventilators which include anesthesia gas machine ventilators, while considering expanding access to critical care providers.

Released: 23-Mar-2020 4:50 PM EDT
Anesthesia professionals at high risk for exposure to COVID-19 should wear most-protective masks
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Anesthesia professionals – who are in close contact as they help patients breathe through airway equipment – are at increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 and should wear N95 masks or similarly protective equipment in all diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical procedures, according to an updated statement from The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF), the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (AAAA) and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).


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