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National Anaesthesia Day - 2016

In recognition of National Anaesthesia Day on October 17, Northland District Health Board is sharing stories of patients who have benefited from anaesthesia during surgery. Regional anaesthesia is this year’s theme.

The Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists National Anaesthesia Day for 2016 aims to lift the profile of anaesthesia in the community.

National Anaesthesia Day was set up in 2013 after a survey revealed poor public understanding of what anaesthetists do; many people did not even know that anaesthetists are doctors.

This year's theme is regional anaesthesia because many patients don't realise that not all surgery needs to be done under general anaesthesia and there are some significant benefits to regional anaesthesia, including:

  • Good pain control
  • Faster recovery
  • Fewer side-effects
  • Less stress on the body

The key message is that patients should talk to their anaesthetist to find out whether regional anaesthesia would be best for them and their particular procedure.


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