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Anaesthesia covers general, local and regional anaesthesia, pain control and critical care. Anaesthesia is undertaken in a variety of healthcare settings.


The National Reporting and Learning Service (NRLS) is working on a series of initiatives aimed at helping the NHS improve safety for patients, including:


  • Working with the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) to develop specialty-specific reporting for anaesthesia. The summary evaluation report of the pilot of the anaesthesia e-form is available here.

  • A Safer Anaesthesia Liaison Group has been developed to take forward sharing of data and national learning for anaesthesia



Resources relating to anaesthesia are listed below.

TitleIssue dateType
Protecting patients who are neck breathers07 March 2005Alert
Improving infusion device safety20 May 2004Alert

See also