Pediatric Anesthesia Advisory: What should we know as a pediatric anesthetist when a COVID-19 patient needs an operation?
Keywords:COVID-19, Corona virus, Anesthesia, Health care workers, Safety, Anesthesia guidelines, Pediatric anesthesia, Pakistan
We are living in a developing country with limited resources in the context of PCR testing, personal protective equipment, and negative pressure operating room availability; so facing a serious challenge for the continuation of surgical services especially in the context of anesthesia services and personnel safety during this COVID pandemic. As anesthesia provision is highly aerosol-generating thus predisposes both surgical and anesthesia teams to COVID. This demands a change in our anesthesia practice to provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere for the continuation of surgical services, as anesthesia is the backbone of surgery. We have developed this advisory for pediatric anesthetists especially relating to developing countries to guide them for providing safe anesthesia services keeping in mind the limited resources based on our practices and experiences gained during this pandemic along with reviewing national and international literature.
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