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Title: Anesthesia guidelines for COVID-19 patients: A narrative review and appraisal
Authors: Ong, S. 
Lim, W.Y.
Ong, J.
Kam, P.
Keywords: Anesthesia
Coronavirus infections
Perioperative management
Perioperative medicine
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Korean Society of Anesthesiologists
Citation: Ong, S., Lim, W.Y., Ong, J., Kam, P. (2020). Anesthesia guidelines for COVID-19 patients: A narrative review and appraisal. Korean Journal of Anesthesiology 73 (6) : 486-502. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
Abstract: The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has challenged health systems glob-ally and prompted the publication of several guidelines. The experiences of our international colleagues should be utilized to protect patients and healthcare workers. The prima-ry aim of this article is to appraise national guidelines for the perioperative anesthetic management of patients with COVID-19 so that they can be enhanced for the management of any resurgence of the epidemic. PubMed and EMBASE databases were systemati-cally searched for guidelines related to SARS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2. Additionally, the World Federation Society of Anesthesiologists COVID-19 resource webpage was searched for national guidelines; the search was expanded to include countries with a high inci-dence of SARS-CoV. The guidelines were evaluated using the Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation II tool. Guidelines from Australia, Canada, China, India, Italy, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States of Ameri-ca were evaluated. All the guidelines focused predominantly on intubation and infection control. The scope and purpose of guidelines from China were the most comprehensive. The UK and South Africa provided the best clarity. Editorial independence, the rigor of development, and applicability scored poorly. Heterogeneity and gaps pertaining to preop-erative screening, anesthesia technique, subspecialty anesthesia, and the lack of auditing of guidelines were identified. Evidence supporting the recommendations was weak. Early guidelines for the anesthetic management of COVID-19 patients lacked quality and a ro-bust reporting framework. As new evidence emerges, national guidelines should be updated to enhance rigor, clarity, and applicability. @ The Korean Society of Anesthesiologists, 2020.
Source Title: Korean Journal of Anesthesiology
ISSN: 2005-6419
DOI: 10.4097/kja.20354
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
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