More Information About Anaesthesia

Below are some documents about Anaesthesia and how it works.

How does anaesthesia work?

When under anaesthesia, you can’t move, form memories, or - hopefully - feel pain., and while it might just seem like you are asleep for that time, you actually aren’t. What’s going on? Steven Zheng explains what we know about the science behind anaesthesia.

General Anaesthesia in Children - An information Leaflet

What is a general anaesthetic? A general anaesthetic is medication given so that your child is not conscious and cannot see, hear or feel anything during his procedure or operation. What is an anaesthetist? An anaesthetist (sometimes called an anaesthesiologist) is a specialist doctor who gives the anaesthetic and looks after your child throughout their procedure. Our role is to make sure that your child is safe and comfortable, and receives the pain relief he needs. Before you come to hospital:...

Neurotoxicity - A Position Statement

As paediatric anaesthetists we often get asked, “Will this anaesthetic cause damage to my child’s brain”? Children’s brains are continually developing and changing in response to the environment in which they find themselves; surely it is imperative to know whether the medications we give could alter the way in which children perceive and interact with that environment? Unfortunately there is no simple answer. The controversy arose when studies showed that giving anaesthe...
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