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Standards, Guidelines, Statements and Other Documents

ASA Standards, Guidelines and Statements provide guidance to improve decision-making and promote beneficial outcomes for the practice of anesthesiology. They are not intended as unique or exclusive indicators of appropriate care. The interpretation and application of Standards, Guidelines and Statements takes place within the context of local institutions, organizations and practice conditions. A departure from one or more recommendations may be appropriate if the facts and circumstances demonstrate that the rendered care met the physician's duty to the patient.


Standards provide rules or minimum requirements for clinical practice. They are regarded as generally accepted principles of patient management. Standards may be modified only under unusual circumstances, e.g., extreme emergencies or unavailability of equipment.

Guidelines are systematically developed recommendations that assist the practitioner and patient in making decisions about health care. These recommendations may be adopted, modified, or rejected according to clinical needs and constraints and are not intended to replace local institutional policies. In addition, practice guidelines are not intended as standards or absolute requirements, and their use cannot guarantee any specific outcome. Practice guidelines are subject to revision as warranted by the evolution of medical knowledge, technology, and practice. They provide basic recommendations that are supported by a synthesis and analysis of the current literature, expert opinion, open forum commentary, and clinical feasibility data.

Statements represent the opinions, beliefs, and best medical judgments of the House of Delegates. As such, they are not necessarily subjected to the same level of formal scientific review as ASA Standards or Guidelines. Each ASA member, institution or practice should decide individually whether to implement some, none, or all of the principles in ASA statements based on the sound medical judgment of anesthesiologists participating in that institution or practice.

See also: Practice Parameters

Recommendations and Clinical Management Tools - ASA Committees

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UPDATED! – Anesthesia Consultation Program (2014) 
UPDATED! – Continuum of Depth of Sedation: Definition of General Anesthesia and Levels of Sedation/Analgesia (2014) 
UPDATED! – Critical Care by Anesthesiologists, Guidelines for the Practice of (2014) 
NEW! – Endoscopic Procedures, Statement on Anesthesia Care for (2014) 
NEW! – Fatigue, Statement on (2014) 
UPDATED! – "Immediately Available" When Medically Directing, Definition of (2014) 
UPDATED! – Liver Transplant Anesthesia, Guidelines for Director of (2014) 
NEW! – Medication Supply and the Impact of Non-Medical Uses of Medication (2014) 
UPDATED! – Office-Based Anesthesia, Guidelines for (2014)
UPDATED! – Physical Status Classification System, ASA (2014) 
UPDATED! – Postanesthesia Care, Standards for (2014) 
NEW! – Professionalism, Statement on (2014) 
UPDATED! – Qualifications of Anesthesia Providers in the Office-Based Setting, Statement on (2014) 
UPDATED! – Respiratory Monitoring During Endoscopic Procedures, Statement on (2014) 
UPDATED! – Safe Use of Propofol, Statement on (2014) 
UPDATED! – Transesophageal Echocardiography, Statement on (2014) 

Ambulatory Anesthesia and Surgery, Guidelines for (2013)

Anesthesiology Services, The Medical Necessity of (2013)

Anesthetic Care During Interventional Pain Procedures for Adults, Statement on (2010)

Anesthesia Care Team, Statement on the (2013)

Avoidance of Medication Errors in Neuraxial Anesthesia, Statement on Standard Practice for (2010)

Basic Anesthetic Monitoring, Standards for (Effective July 1, 2011)

Clinical Privileges in Anesthesiology, Guidelines for Delineation of (2013) 

Comparing Anesthesiologist Assistant and Nurse Anesthetist Education and Practice, Statement on (2012) 

Conflict of Interest, Statement on (2013)

Continuing Medical Education in Anesthesiology, Guidelines for Minimally Acceptable (2011)

Critical Care Medicine, The Principles of (2013) 

Distinguishing Monitored Anesthesia Care From Moderate Sedation/Analgesia (Conscious Sedation) (2013)

Documentation of Anesthesia Care, Statement on (2013) 

Economic Credentialing, Statement on (2013) 

End-of-Life Care, Statement on Quality of (2013)

Ethical Considerations with Drug Shortages, Statement on (2013) 

Ethical Guidelines for the Anesthesia Care of Patients with Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders or Other Directives that Limit Treatment (2013) 

Ethical Practice of Anesthesiology, Guidelines for the (2013)

Expert Witness Qualifications and Testimony, Guidelines for (2013) 

Granting Privileges for Administration of Moderate Sedation to Practitioners Who Are Not Anesthesia Professionals, Statement on (2011)

Granting Privileges for Deep Sedation to Non-Anesthesiologist Sedation Practitioners, Advisory on (2010)

Granting Privileges to Nonanesthesiologist Physicians for Personally Administering or Supervising Deep Sedation, Statement on (2012) 

Infection Prevention and Control Instruments for Tracheal Intubation, Statement on Standard Practice for (2010)

Interoperability of Medical Devices, Statement on (2013)

Intravascular Catheterization Procedures, Statement on (2013)

Labeling Pharmaceuticals for Use in Anesthesiology, Statement on (2009)

Management of Performance Measures by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Guiding Principles for (2011)

Monitored Anesthesia Care, Position on (2013) 

Nonobstetric Surgery During Pregnancy, Statement on (2009)

Nonoperating Room Anesthetizing Locations, Statement on (2013) 

Obstetrics, Guidelines for Neuraxial Anesthesia in (2013) 

Obstetrics, Optimal Goals for Anesthesia Care in (2013) 

Office-Based and Ambulatory Surgery, Outcome Indicators for (2013) 

Organization of an Anesthesia Department, The (2013) 

Pain Relief During Labor, Statement on (2010)

Patient Care in Anesthesiology, Guidelines for (2011)

Physician Nonparticipation in Legally Authorized Executions, Statement on (2011)

Practice Parameters, Policy Statement on (2013) 

Practice Recommendations for Pediatric Anesthesia, Statement on (2011)

Preanesthesia Care, Basic Standards for (2010)

Principles for Alarm Management for Anesthesia Professionals, Statement on (2013) 
Privileging for Chronic Pain Management, Statement on (2013) 

Quality Incentive Programs in Anesthesiology, Principles for (2011)

Regional Anesthesia, Statement on (2012)

Reporting Postoperative Pain Procedures in Conjunction With Anesthesia (2010)

Respiratory Care Practitioner Credentialing, Statement Regarding (2013) 

Respiratory Therapists, (RTs) Statement Of Support For (2013) 

Role of Registered Nurses in the Management of Continuous Regional Analgesia, Statement on (2013) 

Security of Medications in the Operating Room, Statement on (2013) 

Smoking Cessation, Statement on (2013)

Supporting a Member's Right to Practice, Protocol for (2013) 

Surgical Care Improvement Project, Statement on (2010)

Trauma Anesthesiology, Statement of Principles: (2013) 

Recommendations and Clinical Management Tools - ASA Committees

Ad Hoc Committee on SEDASYS® 
Guidance for Directors of Anesthesia Service for Computer-Assisted Personalized Sedation (CAPS) Devices 

Anesthesia Machine

Anesthesia Machine Preoperative Checkout Procedures
(Committee on Equipment and Facilities)

Anesthesia Machine Obsolescence
(Committee on Equipment and Facilities)

Blood Management

Plasma Components: An Update From COBM
(Committee on Blood Management)

Additional Plasma Derivatives 2011 
(Committee on Blood Management) 

Massive Transfusion Protocol (MTP) for Hemorrhagic Shock
(Committee on Blood Management)

Red Blood Cell Transfusion: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the AABB
(A link to the AABB guideline posted at the Annals of Internal Medicine website) 

Platelets: An Update From COBM
(Committee on Blood Management)


Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Devices (CIED)

The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Expert Consensus Statement on the Perioperative Management of CIED Patients
(Committee on Equipment and Facilities)

Critical Care Medicine

Anesthesiology Advanced Circulatory Life Support (ACLS)
(Committee on Critical Care Medicine)

Environmental Sustainability

Greening the Operating Room
Operating Room Design Manual
(Committee on Equipment and Facilities)

Electronic Media and Information Technology

Network Access Recommendations

Geriatric Anesthesia

Geriatric Anesthesia Curriculum
(Committee on Geriatric Anesthesia)

Infection Control

Recommendations for Infection Control for the Practice of Anesthesiology (Third Edition)
(Committee on Occupational Health)

Obstetric Anesthesia

Comparative Effectiveness of Interventions to Decrease Cesarean Births
(Committee on Obstetric Anesthesia)

Nitrous Oxide for Labor Analgesia 
(Committee on Obstetric Anesthesia)

Pain Medicine 

Chronic Pain Can Be a Multisystem Disease
(Committee on Pain Medicine)

Pediatric Anesthesia

Consensus Statement on the Use of Anesthetics and Sedatives in Children
(A link to the International Anesthesia Research Society's SmartTots statement)

Trauma and Emergency Preparedness (COTEP)

Trauma and Emergency Preparedness
(Committee on Trauma and Emergency Preparedness)

Trauma: Airway Management
(Committee on Trauma and Emergency Preparedness)

Occupational Health and Wellness

Work-Life Balance: ASA Wellness Resources
(Committee on Occupational Health)

Occupational Well-Being in Anesthesiologists
(A link to the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists)
Ebola Recommendations and Information
(Committee on Occupational Helath)