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ANZCA’s Professional Document: PS29 – “Guideline for the Provision of Anaesthesia Care to Children” (Pilot) and associated background paper have been published on ANZCA’s website.
Development of this updated guideline has been a substantial project and a significant collaboration between ANZCA and SPANZA. The original text of the document was developed by a SPANZA working group, and our processes overseen by the SPANZA Guidelines and Statements subcommittee.
The guideline has been approved by ANZCA for a 12 month pilot.
SPANZA would like to acknowledge the work of members in reviewing this document:
Dr Aimee Clark, NZ; Dr Amanda Dalton, NZ; Dr Patrick Farrell, ANZCA Councillor, NSW; Dr Tanya Farrell, SPANZA Guidelines and Statements Committee, WA; Dr David Linscott, Immediate past president, SPANZA, NZ; Dr Ruth Matters, SPANZA Executive, Tas; Dr Catherine Olweny, Chair SPANZA Guidelines and Statements Committee, Vic
FASTING GUIDELINES (2018)
In 2018 the APAGBI, ESPA and the ADARPEF (UK, European and French paediatric anaesthesia organisations) published a consensus statement supporting 6-4-1 (Thomas et al 2018).
Through SPANZA Guidelines and Statements Review Process, these guidelines have been endorsed by SPANZA in August 2018: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/pan.13370
TRAMADOL STATEMENTS (2017)
Subsequent to the FDA announcement on 20th April regarding the use of Codeine and Tramadol in children and in breastfeeding women (https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm549679.htm) SPANZA has asked groups of experts to review the literature and produce two advisory statements. The first is regarding the use of Tramadol in children. The second is regarding the use of Tramadol during breastfeeding and in the neonate. These documents arose from a request for advice from our membership, associated societies and medication regulatory authorities.
• Tramadol and Children having Tonsillectomy: SPANZA’s Advisory on the use of tramadol in children having tonsillectomy under the age of 18 years in May 2017 in response to the new FDA contraindication
SMART TOTS (2015)
- Press release announcing the statement, issued by SmartTots, a public-private partnership of the International Anesthesia Research Society and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
- FAQ sheets for both health care professionals and for parents and caregivers.
You can find more information on the SmartTots website.