An anaesthetic vaporizer must deliver a safe, reliable concentration of volatile agent to the patient. Anaesthetists should understand the basic principles of. Vaporizers are an integral part of modern-day anaesthesia, allowing the delivery of safe concentrations of volatile anaesthetic agent. Over time, vaporizer design. Anaesthesia vaporizers for inhalational anaesthetic agents. Principal, classification, types, hazards.

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It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. A loose filler cap is the commonest source of vapouriser leaks.

Construction of the vaporizer using materials with high specific heat capacity and thermal conductivity provides a heat sink, allowing heat to move rapidly between the vaporizing chamber and the atmosphere. Modern plenum vaporizers produce an accurate concentration of agent at flow rates between 0. This means that anaesthesiia is nearly boiling at room temperature.

Clinically this is relatively unimportant, since we titrate to effect end tidal agent concentration and use overpressure.

Vapour leak into the fresh gas line: Gas cans nowadays are made out of plastic, not metal like in the past. Sevoflurane cassettes may be equipped with either keyed filler or the Quik-fil system. Author information Copyright and License information Disclaimer. Some sources state that variable bypass types need not be adjusted for moderate changes in barometric pressure, but the Tec 6 must be dialed up beyond the desired dose at higher altitudes.

Desflurane has two physical properties, making it unsuitable for use with a conventional vaporizer. The American society for testing and materials anaesthesia workstation standard[ 1 ] contains the following provisions regarding vapourisers:.


Anesthesia Gas Machine- Vaporizers

Rose G, McLarney J. Boumphrey S, Marshal N. Changes in agent temperature can occur for two reasons—fluctuations in ambient temperature and loss of the latent heat of vaporization the latter being exacerbated at high gas flow rates. For halothane, enflurane, isoflurane, sevoflurane and desflurane. Skin Intradermal Subcutaneous Transdermal implant. This in turn leads to excessive cooling of the vapouriser and reduces its output and hence that some form of external heat source is required.

The Vapor is one of two tippable vaporizers Aisys cassettes are the other. Chamber only contains 50ml of agent. Sucharita Chakravarti and Srabani Basu 1. Although the anaesthesia machine standard requires that the vapouriser inlet be male and the outlet female, the direction of gas flow be marked, and the inlet and outlet labelled, it is possible to connect the fresh gas delivery line from the anaesthesia machine to the outlet and the delivery tube to the breathing system to the inlet, especially if the vapouriser is used in a freestanding position.

Every 2 ml of incoming gas picks up 1 ml of vapour. Decontamination of halothane from anaesthetic machines achieved by continuous flushing with oxygen. Oxygen mask and Nasal cannula Oxygen concentrator Anaesthetic machine Relative analgesia machine. The user must replace a battery which powers the alarms periodically.

The cassette includes magnets to ID the agent to the machine on insertion, an electrical connection to an internal temperature sensor, and self-sealing ports for gas in and out, but no other electronics.


The purpose of a modern vapouriser is to reliably deliver an accurate, adjustable concentration of anaesthetic vapour for the purpose of inhalational anaesthesia.

Anaesthetic vaporizer

The vapour flow and fresh gas flow are separated until they meet at a point downstream from the restrictors. After previous vapouriser use vaporizrs servicing, the vapouriser control dial may be left ON.

This vapour passes through a heated flow sensor into the patient gas circuit. Plenum vaporizers have a much higher internal resistance, requiring fresh gas at above atmospheric pressure. First, it has a very high SVP Anaesrhesia exact percentage to be diverted depends on the volatility of the agent SVPthe proportion of the fresh gas diverted into the vapourising chamber, and barometric pressure, as follows:.

Usually this is a simple mechanical device. Modifications in the modern workstation design have ensured that this problem does not occur. Schematic diagram of the TEC 6 vaporizer. Alarms sound if the vaporizer is nearly empty.

Modern Anaesthesia Vapourisers

Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. Intradermal Subcutaneous Transdermal implant. In addition, the entrance to the vaporising chamber is controlled by a bimetallic stripwhich admits more gas to the chamber as it cools, to compensate for the loss of efficiency of evaporation. Click on the thumbnail, or on the underlined text, to xnaesthesia the larger version 25 KB.