COVID Resources for Anesthesiologists
During this unprecedented time, OSA is committed to providing information and assistance for our members. Below is information we believe you will find helpful as we navigate through the uncharted waters together. If you have suggestions for topics you'd like to see covered or questions we can answer, please let us know. We will respond as quickly as possible.
Elective Surgeries Resume April 24
On April 15, Governor Stitt issued a new executive order to allow elective surgeries to resume April 24. This is a week earlier than the previous executive order had stated.
Under the new executive order, there is a phase in of the procedures based on the Elective Surgery Acuity Scale. You can find the Governor's executive memo outlining ESAS here. This memo details when certain tier procedures may resume.
N95 Mask Sterilization
As PPE supplies are in short supply, a University of Tennessee professor has developed a process to sterilize masks for reuse. You can read about it here.
This table has recommendations on different techniques for cleaning and reusing N95 masks.
The Federal government has approved a $2 trillion stimulus package. The ASA has detailed information regarding relief for practices impacted by Coronavirus. You can find this information on the ASA website.
Anesthesia groups that have their own small business, may want to consult the Small Business Administration for guidance on disaster loan assistance.
Purposing Anesthesia Machines as ICU Ventilators
The ASA and the APSF have partnered to provide guidance on how to safely and effectively use anesthesia ventilators as ICU ventilators. You can read about it in this article.