COVID-19 Resources

Ambulatory Anesthesia and COVID FAQ – our team is working hard to collect answers to the most frequently asked questions. Resource updates will be coming soon!

SAMBA is providing the information on this site as a public service to assist anesthesiologists and other personnel working in ambulatory settings to deal with COVID-19-related issues. The information is not intended as medical or legal advice. Readers and viewers of the material available on this site should review this information with appropriate medical and legal counsel to assess the applicability of the information to their individual practice settings, as well as compliance with state and federal law. While SAMBA has made reasonable efforts to provide accurate information, SAMBA does not guarantee the accuracy of all information presented on this site. SAMBA shall not be liable for omissions, typographical errors, or out-of-date information that may appear on the SAMBA website. This information does not represent SAMBA policy.

Updated: 3/30/2020

WEBINAR: Ambulatory Anesthesia and the COVID-19 Era

Title: COVID-19 Discussion

SAMBA’s leadership and membership were brought together to discuss COVID-19 and the impact it is making on ambulatory anesthesia. All questions and answers given during the webinar are being collected and will be adding to website soon!

Presented by: Leo Rodriguez MD FAAP FASA, BobbieJean Sweitzer, MD, FACP

Moderated by: Basem Abdelmalak, MD, FASA

Missed the live webinar? Click the video below to access the webinar.

Click the image below to access the webinar slides.

Recommendations for Ambulatory Elective Surgery During COVID-19 Pandemic

Updated: 3/30/2020

SAMBA continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. This pandemic is evolving and recommendations and restrictions change frequently. In response to inquiries, SAMBA is providing guidance which we hope our members will find helpful. We have evaluated the current information about COVID-19 at the time this statement was issued. Each facility should use extreme caution in making the decision whether to continue or to postpone elective surgeries based on their local situation, staffing and resources.

Annual Meeting Update – Shifting SAMBA 2020

Updated: 4/3/2020

The COVID-19 global pandemic is inflicting dynamic changes on us all. Out of concern for the health and safety of our members, speakers, sponsors and staff, SAMBA 2020, scheduled May 13-16 in Orlando, FL, will be transitioned to a virtual convening experience and will not be held as a live, in-person conference.

We are evaluating various convening scenarios to allow everyone the ability to participate in a way tailored to their needs. We would appreciate your feedback to identify virtual opportunities as next steps.  Please take 30 seconds and respond to a few important questions.

We plan to provide more details very soon related to timing and format after we receive your feedback. If you have already registered for SAMBA 2020, you will receive a separate communication regarding that registration and your hotel reservations and other accommodations.

We want to thank you for your ongoing support and understanding. If you have additional questions you can contact us at Please stay tuned for our next COVID-19 Ambulatory Anesthesia webinar announcement.

Wishing you all the very best during these uncertain times.

Basem Abdelmalak, MD, FASA – SAMBA President
BobbieJean Sweitzer, MD – Annual Meeting Ch-Chair
Steven Butz, MD –Annual Meeting Co-Chair

COVID-19 Update

Updated: 4/3/2020

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all patients and their families impacted by COVID-19 corona virus outbreak worldwide, as well as the physicians and other health care providers caring for them.

At SAMBA, as we maintain the safety of our members, speakers and exhibitors as our top priority, we are carefully following these expert sources and monitoring the situation daily. At this time, SAMBA 2020 will be shifting to a virtual meeting. We plan to provide more details very soon. Please continue to check our website and our Twitter account (@sambahq) for these updates.

We will communicate with all conference attendees ahead of time separately about their registration and hotel rooms.

Discussion Forum

As we move forward – there still may be many questions or concerns about COVID-19 and what it means for everyone. The provided forum allows us to network and discuss COVID-19 and all it entails.


The following links provide insights to different aspects of COVID-19.

General Resources 

  • CDC 
    • CDC strategies for optimizing supply of N95 respirators; conventional capacity strategies as well as crisis alternate strategies; strategies to optimize the supply of PPE and equipment; links to optimizing strategies for eye protection, isolation gowns, facemasks, a PPE burn rate calculator and ventilators; the FAQs; and answers to questions that will be helpful to families of health care providers who have questions.
  • FEMA 
    • Corona virus rumor control; and help distinguishing fact from fiction regarding the pandemic.
  • FDA
    • FDA recommendations for mask and gown conservation.
  • OIG
  • WHO

When you can’t go to the gym 

  • Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu is a member of parliament in Uganda representing Kyadondo East constituency in Wakiso District, in Uganda’s Central Region. He is also a Ugandan musician and actor and is also known by his stage name Bobi Wine. He released this song about the Coronavirus.
  • There are many websites and organizations that now provide free workouts. Just make sure that you don’t congregate with friends or neighbors. Remember also that you can walk or run outside, as long as you practice social distancing.
Basem B. Abdelmalak, MD, FASA

Basem B. Abdelmalak, MD, FASA is a professor of anesthesiology at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. He has served in the Department of General Anesthesiology as a Staff Anesthesiologist since 2001. Currently he leads Anesthesia Services for Bronchoscopic Surgery as a NORA service and is the Director of the Center for Sedation implementing the anesthesiology oversight for procedural sedation. He frequently performs the Therapeutic Whole Lung Lavage procedure to treat pulmonary alveolar proteinosis patients.

Dr. Abdelmalak is board-certified in Anesthesiology and fellowship trained in Critical Care medicine. His many clinical interests include anesthesia for ENT and bronchoscopic surgery, difficult airway management.

He served the Ohio Society of Anesthesiologists as its president in 2015 and currently serves the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) as the Vice-chair of the educational track subcommittee on Ambulatory Anesthesia, the Society for Head and Neck Anesthesia (SHANA), as a founding member, and its president

At the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) he served in many roles and capacities; as a member of the committees on the Annual meeting, NORA, and Finance, and chair of the Development committee for the past 7 years leading SAMBA’s relationships with corporate sponsors, and pharmaceutical and industrial supporters. He then served on the Board of Directors, as a director, Vice President, President –elect, and now as its President.

He is also a part of the Anesthesiology Outcomes Research Department. His research interest is focused on the study of perioperative glycemic management, and he has been the primary investigator of many research projects investigating this and other topics.

He has received numerous honors and awards, including being named one of America’s Top Anesthesiologists according to the Consumers’ Research Council of America and Safety Champion by the Cleveland Clinic Quality Institute. A frequently invited lecturer at national and international conferences, Dr. Abdelmalak authored many scientific articles and book chapters in his field, and recently co-edited two textbooks titled Anesthesia for Otolaryngologic Surgery and Clinical Airway Management; An Illustrated Case Based Approach by Cambridge University Press.  He continues to be heavily involved with the education and training of medical students and residents and recently received the Scholarship in Teaching Award from Case Western Reserve University.