Episode 005: The Machine: Knowing Your Anesthesia Workhorse Inside and Out

Hey there, fellow anesthetists! It’s time to get up close and personal with our trusty sidekick – the anesthesia machine!

We rely on this machine to deliver safe and effective anesthesia to our patients, so understanding its ins and outs is crucial. In this episode, we’re taking a look into:

  • Anatomy of a Machine: From the oxygen source to the vaporizer, we’ll examine each component and discuss its purpose.
  • Flow Rates, Reservoir Bags, and More: Learn to select the right patient settings, from flowmeter rates to reservoir bag size.
  • Troubleshooting Tips and Tricks: We’ll tackle common machine hiccups and provide practical solutions to reduce those frustrating moments in the OR.
  • Mastering the Leak Check: Keep your patients safe with a comprehensive guide to performing a thorough leak check.

This episode is geared specifically towards small animal anesthesia, so buckle up and prepare to advance your comprehension of the (anesthesia) machine!

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