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Thoracic Anesthesia of Patients with suspected or confirmed 2019 Novel Coronavirus Infection: Preliminary Recommendations for Airway Management by the European Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiology Thoracic Subspecialty Committee

Mert Şentürk, MD; Mohamed R. El Tahan, MD; Laszlo L. Szegedi, MD, PhD; Nandor Marczin, MD, PhD; Waheedullah Karzai, MD, PhD; Ben Shelley, MBChB, DipPaed, FRCA, FFICM, MD; Federico Piccioni, MD; Manuel Granell Gil, MD, PhD; Steffen Rex, MD, PhD; Massimiliano Sorbello, MD, PhD; Johan Bence, MD, PhD; Edmond Cohen, MD; Guido Di Gregorio, MD, PhD; Izumi Kawagoe, MD, PhD; Mojca Drnovšek Globokar, MD, PhD; Maria-José Jimenez, MD, PhD; Marc-Joseph Licker, MD; Jo Mourisse, MD, PhD; Chirojit Mukherjee, MD, PhD; Ricard Navarro, MD, PhD; Vojislava Neskovic, MD, PhD; Balazs Paloczi, MD; Gianluca Paternoster, MD; Paolo Pelosi, MD; Ahmed Salaheldeen, MD; Radu Stoica, MD, PhD; Carmen Unzueta, MD, PhD; Caroline Vanpeteghem, MD; Tamas Vegh, MD, PhD; Patrick Wouters, MD; Davud Yapici, MD; Fabio Guarracino, MD

Published: May 12, 2020

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1053/j.jvca.2020.03.059

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The novel coronavirus has caused a pandemic around the world. Management of patients with suspected or confirmed coronavirus infection who have to undergo thoracic surgery will be a challenge for the anesthesiologists. The thoracic subspecialty committee of European Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiology (EACTA) has conducted a survey of opinion in order to create recommendations for the anesthetic approach to these challenging patients. It should be emphasized that both the management of the infected patient with COVID-19 and the self-protection of the anesthesia team constitute a complicated challenge. The text focuses therefore on both important topics.

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