Pediatric Anesthesia Techniques during the COVID-19 Pandemic
1Departmento Clínico Quirúrgico, Universidad de Manizales, Manizales, Colombia
2Departmento Clínico Quirúrgico, Universidad de Caldas, Manizales, Colombia
3Departmento de Anestesiología, Hospital Infantil de la Cruz Roja, Manizales, Colombia
DOI: 10.22514/sv.2020.16.0045 Vol.16,Issue 2,October 2020 pp.8-13
Published: 28 October 2020
The pediatric population is a contagion fuel for SARS CoV-2, putting health care workers at risk. Exposure to respiratory droplets and aerosols are a major cause of disease transmission during airway procedures. Crying, coughing, laryngospasm, airway obstruction and hypoxia, which are more frequent in children than adults, directly or indirectly increase aerosol production and hence the risk of transmission to health workers. We present recommendations for the perioperative management of children suspected or confirmed positive for COVID-19, with the aim of reducing the risk of infection in these patients and in the healthcare team.
COVID-19, Pediatric anesthesia, SARS CoV-2, Aerosol box, Airway
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