Anaesthetic machine

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Anaesthetists use anaesthetic machines to support the administration of anaesthesia.Image:Latex-free project 111.jpg

The machine includes the following components:

Based on experience gained from analysis of mishaps, the modern anaesthetic machine includes several safety devices, including:

  • hypoxic mixture alarms
  • ventilator disconnect alarms
  • interlocks between the vaporisers preventing inadvertent administration of more than one volatile agent concurrently
  • alarms on all the above physiological monitors.

There is generally a small work bench built into the machine where airway management equipment is kept within ready reach of the anaesthetist.

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