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Statement on Early Access to COVID-19 Vaccination for Anesthesia Professionals

Patient safety is at the core of ASA’s vision and values. Therefore, the American Society of Anesthesiologists believes that as vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) become available that are recommended by the scientific community and FDA-approved, early access to vaccination should be provided to people at greatest risk for severe illness. This subdivision of the population, documented by multiple studies identifying risk factors for mortality following infection with SARS-CoV-2, needs to be protected as urgently as possible.

Headlines Don’t Capture the Horror We Saw

You likely know that the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 is surging across the country. But headlines from distant states do not capture the horror of a hospital without enough intensive-care beds. I was an anesthesiology resident in a large academic medical center at the peak of the pandemic in New York City this spring.

Statement by the California Society of Anesthesiologists to Avoid Politicization of the Covid-19 Pandemic

The California Society of Anesthesiologists encourages all elected officials and candidates to refrain from politicizing the COVID-19 pandemic or the response of healthcare practitioners, whose primary interest is and always will be the safety and care of our patients. Anesthesiologists have been proud to be on the front lines saving lives during this crisis, leading highly specialized airway intubation teams and flexing into critical care roles.

Women in Medicine Month

It is Women in Medicine Month, and CSA would like to take this opportunity to shine a spotlight on some of the unique challenges of being a female physician anesthesiologist, and also to honor a few of the extraordinary women who have had a positive impact on our association and our specialty over the years.