Educating Patients




The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is arming citizens across the U.S. with information that will improve overall safety and wellness before their anesthesia experience. Going under anesthesia can make any patient nervous, but anesthesiologists, the physicians responsible for maintaining your safety and wellbeing during anesthesia, will help you rest easy.

Resources for You

To help patients and caregivers better prepare for anesthesia care, the following materials are provided for your information. If you have additional questions, we encourage you to ask your physician to learn more about your care.

You can also visit your state’s anesthesiology site directly. Visit the directory.

Learn more about our work to raise awareness in Michigan.

Learn more about our work to raise awareness in Iowa.


Helpful Links

What is Anesthesiology

Total care of the surgical patient before, during and after surgery.


Anesthesia Topics Quick Links

Choose a topic:

Featured Video:

Smoking and Surgery
Learn why stopping smoking before surgery can have an impact on your outcome.

Play Video

In Case of Emergency

Download, print, fill out, and keep this checklist. It just may save your life.


Come Prepared

Ask your anesthesiologist questions about what to expect before, during, and after your procedure.


The ASA does not employ physician anesthesiologists on staff and cannot respond to patient inquiries regarding specific medical conditions or anesthesia administration. Please direct any questions related to anesthetics, procedures or treatment outcomes to the patient’s anesthesiologist or general physician.