Lawmakers reached a deal on a nearly $2 trillion emergency relief package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the largest stimulus bill in US history. The CARES Act (H.R. 748) directs $100 billion to an emergency fund for eligible physicians and hospitals and provides additional low-interest and small business loan support to businesses combatting the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more →
On Saturday, March 28 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. ET, ASA members are invited to a CMS webinar on COVID-19 therapeutics. You can join with the Participant Dial In: 877-251-0301 and Conference ID: 9409959 or Join webcast →
President Donald Trump invoked the Defense Production Act directing General Motors to produce ventilators needed for the coronavirus outbreak. Get details →
ASA has compiled information on resources available to provide relief for practices impacted by coronavirus. Read now →
Hear the latest directly from ASA President Dr. Mary Dale Peterson as shared in her recent presidential alerts and Monday Morning Outreach emails. See more →
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ASA COVID-19 Town Hall Webinars
Watch the Town Hall Webinars from March 26 and March 19 – A panel of thought leaders presented instruction and information on using anesthesia machines as ICU ventilators, collaborating with critical care teams and managing COVID-19 patients, as well as fielded questions from the audience. Up-to-the-minute information was shared about elective procedures, PPE and economic issues. These webinar activities have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credit.™ See all →
FAQs and Recommendations for Anesthesia Professionals
Continually updated answers and advice to address questions and issues for members and the anesthesia community, related to anesthesia machines and equipment, personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety, clinical care, facility policies, billing and advocacy. View FAQs → Please submit your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASA’s Committee on Occupational Health offers recommendations to effectively and safely care for and transport patients with known or suspected COVID-19 infection. Read on →
Guidance on Purposing Anesthesia Machines as ICU Ventilators
APSF and ASA provide guidance and instruction for using anesthesia ventilators safely and effectively as ICU ventilators. Access resources and a quick reference guide →
APSF provides resources for perioperative considerations and guidance on anesthesia machine use, protection and decontamination. View now →
Read the special article series “COVID-19 Response and Perioperative Implications” published by Anesthesiology journal. See all →
ASA's Statements on COVID-19
- ASA, SCCM, AARC, APSF, AACN, CHEST Issue Joint Statement on Multiple Patients Per Ventilator (March 26, 2020)
- ASA, ACS and AORN Joint Statement Recommending a Surgical Review Committee for COVID-19-Related Surgical Triage Decision Making (March 24, 2020)
- ASA and SCCM Joint Statement to Collaboratively Address the COVID-19 Pandemic (March 23, 2020)
- ASA, APSF, AAAA, and AANA Joint Position Statement on the Use of Personal Protective Equipment by Anesthesia Professionals During the COVID-19 Pandemic (March 22, 2020)
Impact on ASA Meetings and Other Activities
ASA physician and staff leadership meet frequently to monitor this unique and evolving situation and to evaluate and manage its impact on our members and health care community, our patients, our business and our staff.
In accordance with CDC guidance for businesses and employers to slow transmission and to prioritize the health and well-being of ASA staff, all ASA employees are working remotely and abiding by state and local guidelines.
Committees and Editorial Boards
Meetings scheduled through May will be held as virtual meetings or postponed. ASA will reimburse you for any cancellation penalties you incur related to scheduled ASA travel. Please contact your committee chair, ASA staff liaison or email email@example.com with specific questions or concerns.
ASA’s Legislative Conference
Scheduled for May 11-13 in Washington, D.C., this meeting has been cancelled. Look for upcoming details on a potential options for a virtual Legislative Conference to accomplish this important work.
ANESTHESIOLOGY Annual Meeting
We are committed to providing a safe and engaging experience focused on innovation, education and collaboration for all attendees and exhibitors at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2020 on October 2-7, in Washington, D.C. Stay updated →
COVID-19 Resources from Other Organizations
Many organizations, societies and governmental agencies offer important resources to inform and help anesthesia professionals and the health care community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Explore additional resources →
Disclaimer: This committee resource is provided for informational purposes only and does not represent medical or legal advice. It has not been approved by ASA’s Board of Directors or House of Delegates and does not represent an ASA Policy, Statement or Guideline.