KWIPPED TIP: Renting an anesthesia machine

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Renting an Anesthesia Machine? 

Businesses and organizations rent anesthesia machines for a number of reasons. Included among them are unforeseen demand, risk mitigation, and testing machine options or models before purchase. Though you might have a specific machine in mind, consider these tips before renting. Common features of modern anesthesia machines include ventilators, a handful of alarms (oxygen failure, hypoxic mixture, ventilator, and vitals), a monitor, breathing circuit, and microprocessors that integrate and scale the instrument to specification. Most machines also have a Pin Index Safety System.

Know your application for anesthesia.
What is your purpose for the anesthesia machine? Anesthesia is applied during minor surgeries, dental work, or medical treatments. The equipment and its specifications you choose to rent will depend on your application. There are four different types of anesthesia typically give to patients: local, regional, general, and dissociative. If you need a general anesthetic, the most common in the medical field, an anesthesia machine might be what you need.

What features should I consider when renting an anesthesia machine?
General anesthesia is administered through an oxygen mask which delivers a mixture of gases. To support this, your anesthesia machine should have a vaporizer that meets your specifications. The flowmeter should be easy to read as they are key to maintaining the patient’s temperature. The ventilator regulates the patients breathing patterns. Breathing circuits support the gases distribution and the CO2 byproducts. The scavenging system expels then purifies the gases released from the patients lungs. All of these features need to be considered, especially the anesthetic breathing system and ventilator. One important feature to always have is a battery backup power in case the AC power fails.

Additional options for anesthesia machines.
Depending on your application, you have a variety of different configurations and features to consider. The American Society of Anesthesiologists, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and the FDA have established practice standards which specify the type of monitor needed for the practice of anesthesia. Multiple monitors can be integrated with one anesthesia machine, so check the aforementioned standards before deciding your monitor specifications. Some other options include remote or local monitoring, automated recording, and automated checkout procedures.

Other considerations.
Other items you might need to consider when renting an anesthesia machine are the design, scalability, and the easy-of-use. The ergonomics or the machine is a looked-over feature that could effect the practitioners administration of anesthesia. Consider how big your machine needs to be by assessing the space where the practitioner will use it. If you go with a basic model, check to see if you can add accessories or extra functionality if needed.

Common manufacturers:
Common manufacturers of anesthesia machines include General Electric, Drager, Aespire, Integra, and Philips.

 

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