Optimizing Infection Control and OR Management During the COVID Pandemic

March 27, 2020

Last updated: April 30, 2020

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Many of the principles learned over the past decade for improving infection control within operating rooms and managing the use of these rooms can provide very important ideas of how to reduce the risks of micro-organism contamination and transmission in our operating rooms.

Two important reports, including one study supported by APSF, (Perioperative COVID-19 Defense in A&A), are linked here. They give us guidance and evidence of how attention to simple, practical practices may have a dramatic impact on reducing the risks of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and other micro-organisms in our operating room environments.

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  • Strategies for daily operating room management of ambulatory surgery centers following resolution of the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic
    Journal of Clinical Anesthesia: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclinane.2020.109854
    Review and Perioperative Considerations
    Date of Posting: April 29, 2020
    Editor’s Note: In the September 2020 issue of the Journal of Clinical Anesthesia, Dexter and colleagues address perioperative considerations for operating room management for ambulatory surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the authors provide a thorough perspective, their suggestions may not be applicable globally given an institution’s specific pandemic burden, resource availability, and hospital logistics. Further trials may validate the authors’ opinions on resuming surgery during this pandemic.


Perioperative COVID 19 Defense Strategy: Preoperative

Perioperative COVID 19 Defense Strategy: Intraoperative


Prevention of Perioperative COVID-19 Transmission (Twitter)Download (Twitter Version): [JPG], [PDF]
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Daily OR Management During COVID-19 PandemicDownload (Twitter Version): [JPG], [PDF]


OR Management During COVID-19 Acute Crisis (Twitter)Download (Twitter Version): [JPG], [PDF]
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