What Is The Purpose Of Anesthetic Machines?
A continuous flow anesthetic machine is most commonly used in advanced countries of the world although its used in some developing countries too. Its designed to deliver accurate and continuous supply of oxygen, nitrous and any other medical gases when mixed with accurate concentrated anesthetic vapor such as halothane or isofluorane. The mixture is delivering to the patient at a reduced and save pressure through gas regulators and flow meters. However, some anesthetic machine includes ventilator, suction, and patient monitors.
Buying Anesthetic Machine
It’s nice buying new machine which is affordable compared to used ones which is poorly refurbished and you are unsure of its status especially life saving device like Anesthetic Machines. Anesthetic Machines and ventilator just like other medical equipment are sensitive and requires standards especially the vaporizer, rotameter also known as flow meter. This components include the gas regulators/and gauges requires competent personnel to carry out proper standard tests and calibration. This at most obviously out of reach in most developing countries. You need equipment sources with warranty and maintenance plan. Be it new or refurbished equipment, the margin in price are usually very small. I always recommend new equipment to my clients. You can choose between branded and generic machine and each of them have merits and demerits. Do you need good quality anesthetic machine with ventilator and patent monitor backed with technical and users level training? Contact us for more information.
Common Faults on Anesthetic Machines
Leakages are the most common problem with all appliances using air and gas and Anesthetic Machines and Ventilator are no exceptions. Leakages through the joints, and fittings; leakages through the gas pressure reducing valve (regulators) or through the flow meters and this is usually caused by aged O –rings, ruptured rubber, corrugated tubing and host of many others. It is however imperative to test and confirm there is no leakage of gas be it nitrous, oxygen, air and the anesthetic vapors.
Precautions Handling Anesthetic Equipment
- Ensure NO OIL or Grease to avoid fire or explosion
- Tight-to-tight! Do not over-tight screws, bolts and nuts to avoid breakage because tubing, piping, nuts and screws are essentially made of copper and or brass
- Use threading tapes for tight fit
- Ensure Anesthetic and Operating Rooms floor are made with anti-static rubber materials.
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