Consensus statement: Safe Airway Society principles of airway management and tracheal intubation specific to the COVID-19 adult patient group – April

This statement was planned to provide clinical guidance and aid staff preparation for the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia and New Zealand. It has been widely endorsed by relevant specialty colleges and societies. Updated 1st April 2020 Main recommendations: Generic guidelines exist for the intubation of different patient groups, as do resources to facilitate airway rescue and transition to the ‘can’t intubate can’t oxygenate’ (CICO) scenario. They should be followed where they do not contradict our specific recommendations for the COVID-19 patient group. Consideration should be given to using a checklist which has been specifically modified for the COVID-19 patient group. Early intubation should be considered to prevent the additional risk to staff of emergency intubation and to avoid prolonged use of high flow nasal oxygen or non-invasive ventilation. Significant institutional preparation is required to optimize staff and patient safety in preparing for the airway management

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