The Journal of Anaesthesia Practice published an article on September 28, 2020, regarding some of the latest concerns and solutions surrounding anesthesia delivery during the COVID pandemic.
Because healthcare workers performing aerosol-generating procedures are more susceptible to acquiring acute respiratory infections and because postoperative pulmonary complication rates are higher in COVID patients, the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) and the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy (ESRA) advise using regional anesthesia rather than general anesthesia wherever possible.
Regional Anesthesia Benefits to the Patient Include
Improved postoperative pain management
Lower incidences of postoperative nausea/vomiting
Reduced opioid abuse
Regional Anesthesia Benefits to the Healthcare Team Include
Preserving key drugs during the pandemic
Reduction in aerosol-generated infections
Less intense postoperative pain management
Precautions Healthcare Workers Can Take
Performing procedures in negative pressure rooms
Using a surgical mask on the patient rather than nasal prongs
Keeping supplemental oxygen flow to a minimum
Limiting the number of staff present during the procedure
The article explains that having only essential staff present can be accomplished with the use of SAFIRA™ from Medovate, a device that makes regional anesthesia a one operator procedure, giving anesthesiologists or nurse anesthetists control of the whole procedure.
SAFIRA™ from Medovate gives anesthesiologists the tools to confidently take control of regional anesthesia injection. SAFIRA™ has a built-in system to help prevent injection at pressures above 20psi, which helps reduce the risk of significant or transient nerve damage.
In addition, SAFIRA™ makes regional anesthesia a one operator procedure, giving anesthesiologists control of the whole procedure.
SAFIRA™ promotes better outcomes for patients, saves time and resources, and can help reduce costs of reintervention or lawsuits.
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