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“Anaesthesia means “loss of sensation”. Medicines that cause anaesthesia are called anaesthetics.  Anaesthetics are used during tests and surgical operations to numb sensation in certain areas of the body or induce sleep. This prevents pain and discomfort and enables a wide range of medical procedures to be carried out.

Local anaesthetics and general anaesthetics are 2 commonly used types of anaesthetics: local anaesthesia is where a small area of the body is numbed, and you remain fully conscious – often used during minor procedures or general anaesthesia is where you’re totally unconscious and unaware of the procedure – often used for more serious operations” [Source]

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World Anaesthesia Day: 16th October

World Anaesthesia Day is celebrated around the world on 16 October to commemorate the first successful demonstration of diethyl ether anaesthesia by William T. G. Morton on 16 October 1846.

Useful Links

BMJ Best Practice


Library Catalogue



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