BioScience Trends. 2020;14(3):222-226. (DOI: 10.5582/bst.2020.03066)

A practice of anesthesia scenario design for emergency cesarean section in patients with COVID-19 infection based on the role of standard patient

Kang Y, Deng LJ, Zhang DW, Wang YH, Wang G, Mei L , Zhou GB, Shu HH


The new coronavirus (COVID-19) has been characterized as a world pandemic by WHO since March 11, 2020. Although it is likely that COVID-19 transmission is primarily via droplets and close contact, airborne transmission and fecal-oral route remains a possibility. The medical staff working in the operating room, such as anesthesiologists, surgeons and nurses, are at high risk of exposure to virus due to closely contacting patients. The perioperative management is under great challenge while performing surgeries for patients suffering COVID-19, including emergency cesarean section, which is one of the most common surgeries under such circumstances. How to prevent medical staff from cross-infection is an issue of great concern. In this article, we give a practice of anesthesia scenario design for emergency cesarean section in a supposed standard patient suffering COVID-19, aimed to optimize the work flow and implement the protective details through simulation of a real operation scenario, which may be useful for training and clinical practice of anesthesia management for patients suffering COVID-19 or other fulminating infectious diseases.

KEYWORDS: COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, anesthesia management, cesarean section, scenario design

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