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Indian J Anaesth. 2013 Sep;57(5):472-80. doi: 10.4103/0019-5049.120143.

Safety features in anaesthesia machine.

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Department of Anaesthesiology, Global Hospitals, Axon Anaesthesia Associates, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Abstract

Anaesthesia is one of the few sub-specialties of medicine, which has quickly adapted technology to improve patient safety. This application of technology can be seen in patient monitoring, advances in anaesthesia machines, intubating devices, ultrasound for visualisation of nerves and vessels, etc., Anaesthesia machines have come a long way in the last 100 years, the improvements being driven both by patient safety as well as functionality and economy of use. Incorporation of safety features in anaesthesia machines and ensuring that a proper check of the machine is done before use on a patient ensures patient safety. This review will trace all the present safety features in the machine and their evolution.

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Anaesthesia machine; hypoxia prevention; safety features

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