When Seconds Count is a patient-focused resource from the American Society of Anesthesiologists. This website aims to:
- Educate patients about anesthesia, pain management and the medical experts committed to patient safety and high-quality care during surgery, medical 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.
Download and share the partner materials below on your online communications platforms to inform your community, networks and patients on the ways physician anesthesiologists contribute to their safety, health and well-being.
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Pain can be debilitating and frustrating. It may interfere with a patient’s sleep, work, activities and quality time with friends and family. Treatment for pain is complex and can lead to harmful effects if medication is not administered and monitored properly. That’s why pain management may require the expertise of a physician anesthesiologist who specializes in pain medicine. The materials below explain physician anesthesiologists’ services, including the types of pain they specialize in and how they treat it, using both medication and nondrug alternatives.
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Pain Management Flyers
Taking Opioids for Pain? Some Hard Questions You Should Ask
Were you just prescribed opioids? Have you been taking them for a while? Find out what you should ask your physician — and yourself — about this medication.
Opioid Use for Pain Management Across Generations
Opioids are prescribed to patients in all age groups. See how millennials, Gen Xers, baby boomers and the silent generation manage their pain.
Opioid Overdose Resuscitation Guide
Download and print a convenient visual reference of the steps you should take if you encounter someone who may be experiencing an opioid overdose.
When patients have an upcoming surgery or medical procedure, they may have concerns, feel nervous or have anxiety about undergoing anesthesia. The resources below guide patients through the preparation process, providing procedure overviews, questions to ask their physician anesthesiologists and checklists.
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The Path to a Safe Surgery: Preparing for Anesthesia Begins With You
Conversations between patients and physician anesthesiologists before surgery can help ensure a successful procedure and smooth recovery. Talk to your physician anesthesiologist about these eight topics as you prepare for surgery.
Preparing for Surgery: An Anesthesia Checklist
Whatever type of surgery you’re having, some type of anesthesia will most likely be used to keep you comfortable during the procedure. Planning ahead for surgery and anesthesia can help ensure a successful procedure and smooth recovery. Do your homework.
Children’s Coloring Book: My Surgery Journey
When children need surgery and anesthesia, it can be hard to explain to them what’s going to happen. Download ASA’s coloring book to help kids understand the process in their own way.
Every woman’s pain during labor is different. A patient may use no medication, may choose from various pain management options or may even have their plan change depending on how labor progresses. Physician anesthesiologists guide expecting mothers through their pain management decisions and help them have the best possible labor and delivery experience. The content below explains these treatment options, informs women on potential risks and helps them advocate for themselves throughout their pregnancy.
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This birth plan template focuses primarily on pain management. It also suggests questions for you to ask your physicians and prompts you for information that can help you make important decisions.
Pain Management for Labor and Delivery: Moms Share Their Experiences
Talk with your physician anesthesiologist to decide which pain management options will help you have the best possible delivery. See what other moms have said about managing their labor pain.
Physician anesthesiologists are the most highly skilled medical experts in anesthesia care, pain management and critical care medicine. They have the education and training that, in some circumstances, can mean the difference between life and death.