Anaesthetic equipment

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Editor-in-Chief: Sandeep Singh Chauhan, M.B.B.S., D.A. [1]

This article discusses various equipment used in anaesthesia, particularly general anaesthesia but also local anaesthesia.

Anaesthetic machine

General anaesthesia requires the anaesthetic machine, tested daily, as basic equipment. It is imperative that essential medical pipeline gas supply, e.g. oxygen, nitrous oxide and air, are secured firmly to the machine, and readily available without any obstructions, defects or pressure leaks. They should also be checked in between cases, ensuring that the breathing apparatus and breathing circuit are fully patent, for the safe anaesthesia of patients.

Airway equipment

IV giving sets, cannulae & needles

Further reading

  • Dorsch, Susan E.; Dorsch, Jerry A. (1999). Understanding anesthesia equipment. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins. ISBN 0-683-30487-9.
  • Eisenkraft, James B.; Ehrenwerth, Jan (1993). Anesthesia equipment: principles and applications. St. Louis: Mosby. ISBN 0-8016-1556-9.


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