The American Society of Anesthesiologists – When Seconds Count

The American Society of Anesthesiologists created the "When Seconds Count" resource page to inform patients what to expect while undergoing anesthesia. Users can learn about the types, risks, and effects of anesthesia, how to prepare, and pain management. This website is recommended as a great introductory resource for those who are preparing for surgery and want more information specifically about anesthesia administration.

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Review Date: 5/30/2018


Ease of Use

Category tabs do not lead to a drop down menu, but rather bring up a page that organizes the material into subtopics. Subtopics are compressed into neat boxes that contain a brief summary and an option to reveal more detailed information. To further simpify the experience, the "Explore This Page" menu at the left of the page breaks the material into clickable subtopics that jump the user to that section.

Visual Design

Great visual design that is clear about its mission and engaging. High contrast colors enable the category tabs at the top of the page to stick out, and plenty of images to supplement the site's text.


The information on this website is focused on a narrow range of topics. However, the content offers a great introduction to anesthesia and helps general readers understand what to expect before, during, and after surgery. The website doesn't offer its sources of information, but the content is still of good quality.


No individual authors are cited, but all content is attributed to the American Society of Anesthesiologists, a highly credible professional organization. Only the downloadable brochures are dated, and some as old as 2015. No other content is dated, unfortunately.


  1. Resources to help patients prepare for anesthesia/surgery
  2. Sleek visual design draws the reader in
  3. Content is organized so that users learn about every step between entering the operating room and discharge


  1. The scope of the site is limited
  2. A lot of the information provided is superficial
  3. Some content is outdated


Sponsors / Affiliations: American Society of Anesthesiologists, a professional group of anesthesiologists established in 1905 and representing over 52,000 members

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Printable/downloadable brochures, checklists, and tip sheets

Languages: English