The Anesthesia Gas Machine 2012
Michael P. Dosch CRNA PhD
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University of Detroit Mercy Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesiology.
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- Numbers to remember
- General features of all anesthesia gas machines
- Features required by standard
- Path of gases within the machine
- Five tasks of oxygen
- Supply, Processing, Delivery, Disposal model
- Gas sources
- Capacity, color, markings
- Component parts
- Storage handling and installation
- Medical gases
- Electrical power supply
- Failures and faults (What happens when pipeline oxygen pressure or electrical power is lost?)
- Fail-safe system
- How they work
- Traditional glass flowmeters
- Transitional (hybrids with needle valve controls, electronic capture and display)
- Electronic flow control, capture, and display
- Function (flowmeters for FGF, auxiliary oxygen, scavenging, and common gas outlet)
- Using flowmeters safely
- Proportioning systems (Hypoxic guard)
- Physical principles
- Vaporizer interlock
- Operating principles of variable bypass vaporizers
- How to fill vaporizers
- How much liquid agent does a vaporizer use per hour?
- Hazards and safety features of contemporary vaporizers
- Current models
- Breathing circuits- Non rebreathing (Mapleson and Bain)
- How do they work?
- Fresh gas flow requirements
- Pethick Test for the Bain Circuit
- Circle System
- Advantages and disadvantages
- General characteristics and composition
- Chemistry- soda lime
- Safe use
- Changing canisters
- Clinical signs of exhaustion
- New ventilator modes and settings (VCV, PCV, PC-VG, SIMV-Vol, SIMV-Pressure, PSV)
- Typical ventilator alarms
- New features
- Piston ventilators
- Flexibility (New modes)
- Accuracy at lower tidal volumes
- Compliance and leak testing
- Fresh gas decoupling versus compensation
- Suitability for low flows
- Current models
- Dräger Divan, Apollo, Fabius GS
- GE ADU, Aisys, Avance, Aespire, Aestiva
- Other; Paragon, Anestar
- Older or obsolete ventilators
- Choosing the best fresh gas flow
- How to denitrogenate ("preoxygenate")
- Malignant hyperthermia implications for equipment.
- Ventilator and Breathing circuit problems and hazards
- Increased inspired carbon dioxide (troubleshooting and treatment)
- Scavenging Systems
- Practice guidelines
- Avoiding occupational exposure to waste anesthetic gas
- Anesthesia gas machine checklist 2008
- Pre-Anesthesia Checklist (PAC) 2008
- Electronic checklists- what to add at the end
- Minimum test under life-threatening conditions
- Older anesthesia gas machine checklist
- Negative pressure leak check
- Risk management, Quality assurance, Monitoring standards, Manufacturing standards
- Cleaning and sterilization
- Sterilization-Moist heat, liquid and gas sterilization methods
- Care of specific equipment
- Dräger Medical Inc. (Telford, Pennsylvania)
- Narkomed 6000/6400, Fabius GS, Apollo
- GE (Madison Wisconsin)
- Aisys, Avance, Aespire, ADU, Aestiva, Aestiva MRI
- Older or obsolete
- Narkomed (GS, Julian, MRI, Mobile, 2C, 4), Kion, Ohmeda (Modulus SE, Excel 210/110)
- Education and training
- Advanced ventilation, Computer and monitor integration, Low flows, Laryngeal mask airway and mechanical ventilation, Electronic Checkout
- Operating costs
- Installation of new machines
- Question and answer format.