About When Seconds Count

When Seconds Count is the public-focused website of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). ASA designed the site to:

  • Educate patients about anesthesia, pain management and the medical experts committed to patient safety and high-quality care during surgery, procedures and other treatments.
  • Alert patients and policymakers to the importance of patient-centered, physician-led care and the critical role physician anesthesiologists play in ensuring patient safety.

About the American Society of Anesthesiologists

Founded in 1905, ASA is an educational, research and scientific society with more than 52,000 members organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology. ASA is committed to ensuring that physician anesthesiologists evaluate and supervise the medical care of patients before, during and after surgery to provide the highest quality and safest care that every patient deserves.

Learn more about who we are and what we do.

Physician anesthesiologists are the most highly skilled medical experts in anesthesia care, pain management, and critical care medicine with the education and training that can mean the difference between life and death.