Unprecedented times

For many, life has changed beyond all recognition in the short space of just a few weeks. On the 9th of March we published an extraordinary #TheAnaesthesiaBlog from Tim Cook and Kariem El-Boghdadly calling for all to plan and act. It generated more than 50k reads and we hope it disseminated important messages about the looming crisis for healthcare, and society more generally. The follow-up Australian perspective from Tanya Selak was again ahead of the curve and helped raise awareness of what was to come.

In these unprecedented times, the need for fast, reliable, fact-checked knowledge and recommendations is insatiable. Thankfully, there now exists one portal through which anyone can access a range of COVID-19 resources, including: updates on the current situation; clinical guidance; national guidance; and patient information. Medical journals also have a key role to play and we wish to update you briefly on our response and what we can offer readers, authors, reviewers and patients in these unprecedented times.

We continue to deal with all previously submitted papers, which will undergo all our usual processes. We remain open to submissions on any topic related to peri-operative medicine, critical care, pain medicine and all other associated topics. All original articles, reviews and correspondence in relation to COVID-19 will undergo rapid peer review and if accepted, rapid publication on early view. We have already accepted several papers from the UK and elsewhere and as soon as these are available, they will be freely available and tweeted from the journal account. Finally, continuing professional development remains important at this difficult time and we believe it must continue. We hope to provide you with a range of high-quality educational content on COVID-19 and other topics.

We will keep you updated as the situation evolves. But please rest assured that we are doing everything we can to support our readers and authors through this challenging time. Please look after each other and yourselves.

Mike Charlesworth and Andrew Klein

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