Anaesthesia explained

5th edition, November 2015
This leaflet is for adults who are expecting to have an anaesthetic. It offers some information about anaesthesia and suggests how and where you can find out more.

The College is happy to provide one free copy of this leaflet – please contact us directly by emailing comms@rcoa.ac.uk.

Downloading/printing the leaflet 

The above leaflet is suitable for printing single-sided in colour on portrait A4, with one page of the leaflet to each page. Other formats of the leaflet are also available to download below for black and white prinitng.

  • Mono single pages - For printing single-sided in black and white on portrait A4, with one page of the leaflet to each page. Perfect for reading on-line or home printing.
  • Word version - For printing single-sided in black and white on portrait A4, with one page of the leaflet to each page. This is a simplified version of the leaflet with all non-essential images and graphics removed. Perfect for reading on-line or home printing.

Clinical review 2014
Dr Lucy White, Consultant Anaesthetist and RCoA lead for Patient Information
Dr Isabeau Walker, Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland and Consultant Anaesthetist, Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, London
Professor Ravi Mahajan, Consultant Anaesthetist, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust

Original lead author
Dr Alastair Lack, Consultant Anaesthetist, Salisbury District Hospital

Lay review
Mrs Lorraine Hart, The Lay Committee, Royal College of Anaesthetists
Miss Beth Harries, The Lay Committee, Royal College of Anaesthetists

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