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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 3-10

Novel SARS-COV-2 virus (COVID-19): Essential insights for perioperative management of suspected or confirmed pediatric cases

1 Department of Anesthesiology, Superspeciality Pediatric Hospital and Post Graduate Teaching Institute, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Anesthesiology, ESI, Faridabad, Haryana, India
3 Department of Onco-Anesthesiology and Palliative Medicine, DRBRAIRCH, AIIMS, New Delhi, India
4 Department of Anaesthesiology, Pain Medicine and Critical Care, AIIMS, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Anju Gupta
Department of Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine and Critical Care, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Room No. 6, 4th Floor, Porta Cabin, Teaching Block, Delhi - 110 029
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/TheIAForum.TheIAForum_109_20

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The COVID-19 is an ongoing global crisis. To deal with it efficiently, health-care system has to gear up to the increasing burden by judicious use of workforce and resources. In the perioperative setting, adequate preventive measures are of prime importance to prevent infection spread among health-care workers. The knowledge regarding the disease is still evolving. In this article, we have outlined the basic epidemiology, pathology, presentation, and diagnosis of COVID-19 along with the considerations for operating room preparedness, personal protective equipment required, airway management, anesthesia conduct, and perioperative concerns when managing positive or suspected COVID-19 pediatric patients and have suggested ways to overcome potential hindrances based on available literature. We have also deliberated upon the specific considerations for a COVID child undergoing regional anesthesia and critically ill COVID-19 pediatric patients. Careful adaptation of working principles based on local needs can help in the prevention of disease spread when optimizing care to the patients.

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