Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Anesthesia Resource Center

Last updated: June 20, 2023

Disclaimer: Viewers of this material should review the information contained within it with appropriate medical and legal counsel and make their own determinations as to relevance to their particular practice setting and compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. The APSF has used its best efforts to provide accurate information. However, this material is provided only for informational purposes and does not constitute medical or legal advice. This response also should not be construed as representing APSF endorsement or policy (unless otherwise stated), making clinical recommendations, or substituting for the judgment of a physician and consultation with independent legal counsel.

2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources compiled by the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF). Information posted to this resource center is evolving daily. Please visit the site often for the latest updates to the information.

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Latest News

APSF and ASA LogosASA and APSF Joint Statement on Elective Surgery and Anesthesia for Patients after COVID-19 Infection
Determining the optimal timing of procedures for patients who have recovered from COVID-19 and the appropriate level of preoperative evaluation are challenging, given limited research and…

APSF and ASA LogosASA and APSF Updated Statement on Perioperative Testing for SARS-CoV-2 in the Asymptomatic Patient
The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) continue to review available data and updated information concerning the transmissibility…

Receiving COVID-19 VaccineJoint Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination of Health Care Personnel
Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Strongly Encourages all Health Care Personnel to Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19…

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)Emergency Conversion of Operating Rooms into Intensive Care Units to Expand Critical Care Capacity During the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic
To meet the exponential increase in demand of SARS-CoV-2 infected patients requiring mechanical ventilation and critical care in New York City, Weill Cornell Medical Center and Columbia University Irving Medical Center expanded…

Operating Room VentilationRecommendations for OR Ventilation during the SARS COV-2 Pandemic – Staying Positive
Positive pressure, where the pressure in the operating room is greater than the adjacent areas, is the typical approach to OR ventilation. This approach is employed to prevent…

Anesthesia MachineAnesthesia Machine as an ICU Ventilator-A Near Miss
The COVID-19 pandemic in NYC during spring 2020 resulted in an unprecedented number of patients requiring mechanical ventilation. With the need for intensive care unit (ICU) beds…

Joint Statements

Drug-Drug Interactions (DDIs)


Letters to the Editor

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

COVID-19 FolderCOVID-19 and Anesthesia FAQ

Anesthesia Equipment - COVID 19 FAQFAQ on Anesthesia Machine Use, Protection, and Decontamination During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Operating Room VentilationRecommendations for OR Ventilation during the SARS COV-2 Pandemic – Staying Positive

Media and Guides

Helpful Links

Global Impact Links

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Infection Map
Provided by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University

COVID-19 Response and Perioperative Implications

Epidemiological Characteristics of 2143 Pediatric Patients With 2019 Coronavirus Disease in China [PDF]

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC COVID-19 Main Page

Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations

N95 and Personal Protective Equipment Supply Strategies

Recommendations for COVID-19 Potentially Exposed Healthcare Professionals

Recommendations for the Peripartum Patients

CDC Guidelines on Donning and Doffing [PDF]

COVID-19 Clinical Research

Preparing for a COVID-19 pandemic: a review of operating room outbreak response measures in a large tertiary hospital in Singapore

World Health Organization

WHO Health Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disease

WHO: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak Information and Guidance


American Society of Anesthsiologists (ASA)
Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Information for Health Care Professionals

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)
Anesthesia Care of the Patient with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (AAAA)
Information for AAAA meeting and Coronavirus

American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPN)
Statement on Coronavirus [PDF]

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) AORN Tool Kit and Resources

Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)
Caring for Criticall Ill Patients with Novel Coronavirus

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)
Novel Coronavirus 2019 (2019-NCOV) Resources

American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST)
Updates, Guides and Recommendations

APSF International Resources



关于 COVID-19 疫情期间麻醉机的使用、保护和净化的常见问题解答


消除 N95 口罩中冠状病毒的潜在方法

COVID-19 疫情期间麻醉专业人士防护装备的使用


Coronavirus 2019 et période périopératoire (COVID-19)

FAQ relative à l’utilisation des appareils d’anesthésie, la protection et la décontamination pendant la pandémie de COVID-19

Déclaration de consensus sur la ventilation simultanée de plusieurs patients

Procédures potentielles pour éliminer le coronavirus des masques N95

Utilisation d’équipements de protection individuelle par les anesthésistes pendant la pandémie de COVID-19








Consideraciones perioperatorias para el nuevo coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

Preguntas frecuentes sobre el uso, protección y descontaminación de la máquina de anestesia durante la pandemia del COVID-19

Declaración conjunta sobre varios pacientes por respirador

Procesos potenciales para eliminar el coronavirus de mascarillas N95

Uso de equipo de protección personal por profesionales de anestesia durante la pandemia del COVID-19

Analgesia y anestesia en la gestante con sospecha o diagnóstico de COVID-19

Guía APSF/ASA sobre el uso de las máquinas de anestesia como ventiladores de UCI


Wytyczne APSF/ASA dotyczące wykorzystania aparatów do znieczulenia jako respiratorów dla chorych wymagających intensywnej terapii

Często zadawane pytania (ang. Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ) dotyczące używania aparatu do znieczulenia, jego ochrony oraz dezynfekcji podczas pandemii COVID-19


Considerações perioperatórias para o novo coronavírus 2019 (COVID-19)

Perguntas frequentes sobre uso, proteção e descontaminação de máquinas de anestesia durante a pandemia de COVID-19

Declaração conjunta sobre vários pacientes por ventilador

Possíveis processos para eliminar o coronavírus de máscaras N95

O uso de equipamentos de proteção individual por profissionais de anestesia durante a pandemia de COVID-19