Anesthesia for GI endoscopy in the era of COVID-19

Basavana Goudra, Preet Mohinder Singh

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As a result of COVID-19, the last few weeks have necessitated a reevaluation of the sedation paradigm for gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopic procedures. Routine screening and some surveillance procedures have taken a backseat and likely to remain so until a vaccine or effective treatment becomes available. Anesthesia providers and endoscopists are required to adapt to this new reality rapidly. The general aim of sedation remains the same-patient comfort, reduced hypoxia, prevention of aspiration along with rapid recovery, and discharge. The present review focuses on necessary modification to reduce the risk of virus contagion for both patients (from health-care providers) and vice versa. A preprocedure evaluation and consenting should be modified and provided remotely. Unsedated GI endoscopy, sedation with minimal respiratory depression, and modification of general anesthesia are explored. Challenges with supplemental oxygen administration and monitoring are addressed. Guidelines for appropriate use of personal protective equipment are discussed. Measures for limiting aerosolization are deliberated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-32
Number of pages6
JournalSaudi Journal of Anaesthesia
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


  • Aerosolization
  • COVID-19
  • dexmedetomidine
  • ketamine
  • monitoring
  • propofol
  • sedation


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