SAS COVID-19 Resources


SAS Consensus Statement on Airway Management and Tracheal Intubation in COVID-19 patients - MJA March 2020



Tracheal Intubation in the COVID-19 Adult Patient Group




David Brewster discusses SAS and the COVID-19 Consensus Statement


SAS COVID-19 Airway Management Infographics


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SAS COVID-19 Intubation Checklist (click image for pdf version, see below for editable version) 



SAS COVID-19 Airway Management Infographics - editable versions

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SAS COVID-19 Intubation Checklist - Powerpoint version


The SAS Consensus Statement has been recommended by:

  • Covid-19 Critical Care Coordination Collaborative (Presidents of ANZCA, ACEM, CICM, ANZICS, ASA, NZSA and the Chair of CICM NZNC)

The SAS Consensus Statement has been endorsed by the following organisations:

  • Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS)
  • Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN)
  • Australasian College of Paramedicine (ACP)
  • College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand (CICM)
  • Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA)
  • Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM)
  • New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists (NZSA)
  • Australian College of Perianaesthesia Nurses (ACPAN)
  • New Zealand Anaesthetic Technicians' Society (NZATS)
  • Western Australia Airway Group (WAAG)
  • Australian Anaesthesia Allied Health Practitioners (AAAHP)
  • Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (ASOHNS)
  • New Zealand Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (NZSOHNS)


Other COVID-19 Resources


Dif´Čücult Airway Society, Association of Anaesthetists, Intensive Care Society, Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, Royal College of Anaesthetists - Consensus guidelines for managing the airway in patients with COVID-19 - Anaesthesia March 2020


The Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS): COVID-19 Guidelines Version 3


The Australian Society of Anaesthetists: Anaesthesia and caring for patients during the COVID-19 outbreak.


Australian Government Therapeutic Goods Administration: COVID-19 information for clinicians on ventilators and alternative strategies when in short supply


McGrath et al. Lancet Respir Med 2020. Tracheostomy in the COVID-19 era: global and multidisciplinary guidance.


Cook et al. Airway guidance fof the endemic phase of COVID-19. 


Brown et al. A quantitative evaluation of aerosol generation during tracheal intubation and extubation. Anaesthesia October 2020.


Dhillon et al. Aerosolisation during tracheal intubation and extubation in an operating theatre setting. Anaesthesia October 2020.