Patients, procedures, and PPE: Safe office-based anesthesia recommendations in the COVID-19 era

Steven Young, Brian M. Osman, Richard D. Urman, Fred E. Shapiro

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The growth of office-based surgery (OBS) has been due to ease of scheduling and convenience for patients; office-based anesthesia safety continues to be well supported in the literature. In 2020, the Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19) has resulted in dramatic shifts in healthcare, especially in the office-based setting. The goal of closing the economy was to flatten the curve, impacting office-based and ambulatory practices. Reopening of the economy and the return to ambulatory surgery and OBS and procedures have created a challenge due to COVID-19 and the infectious disease precautions that must be taken. Patients may be more apt to return to the outpatient setting to avoid the hospital, especially with the resurgence of COVID-19 cases locally, nationally, and worldwide. This review provides algorithms for screening and testing patients, selecting patients for procedures, choosing appropriate procedures, and selecting suitable personal protective equipment in this unprecedented period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)415-424
Number of pages10
JournalBest Practice and Research: Clinical Anaesthesiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 2021


  • COVID-19
  • anesthesia
  • office-based
  • outpatient
  • patient selection
  • safety
  • surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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