Sound Asleep – Selecting the right Anaesthesia Machine

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Understanding the choices available

There are so many options available to veterinary practices with regards to anaesthesia systems, it can be a daunting challenge to select the right one for you. With a range of staff experiences and knowledge, ensuring that a system is safe, effective and easy to operate is critical to ensure a successful anaesthesia each and every surgery.

 When it comes to anaesthesia machines, the concept of what they do and how they work is relatively straight forward.  Like many other consumer products, such as; white goods, computers and even cars there is always a sliding scale of price & performance for products that essentially do the same job – this is often summarised as “getting what you pay for” or put simply “value for money”.

Do your research

When considering replacing or purchasing a new anaesthesia machine for your practice, it pays to do your homework.  Let our team, who have years of experience and knowledge regarding the range of features and options help guide you through a maze of uncertainty and come to the right decision for your needs.

 Research what is available and understand the pieces that make up the system;

  • Physical profile – wall, bench or mobile system
  • Gas feed pressure – gauge to show feed gas pressure 
  • Vaporiser – technology and gas type (eg never needs calibration)
  • Soda Lime – volume, how to change, ease of use
  • Gas Outlet – rebreathing and Fresh Gas outlet (non-rebreathing)
  • Manometer – capability to monitor patient lung pressure
  • APL valve – ability to limit gas exit pressure
  • Ventilation – built in or via bag port, manual or automatic
  • Occlusion Valve – immediate temporary closure of waste gas
  • Monitoring – integrated or stand alone
  • Accessories – IV Pole, Breathing Circuits, Scavenge
  • Construction – physical build quality, cleaning, maintenance

These are some of the components used in some anaesthesia machines, but not all of them.  Deciding whether you need any or all of these requires a good understanding of what they are and what they do.  It is important to also understand the clinical impact of these components.

Safety and Performance

Features such as patient pressure manometers or ventilation often haven’t been integrated into basic machines. Understanding the safety benefits of these for your daily anaesthetics are improvements that will become the new industry normal, ideally improving patient outcomes. A simple analogy would be to compare issues like reversing cameras in cars, GPS navigation, Bluetooth; these are not mandatory, yet many of us who use these features can appreciate that there are real benefits.

Get the right advice

Selecting the right anaesthetic machine is a combination of knowing what is available and selecting the features that help you achieve your desired outcomes while also providing a lasting reliable solution.  Having equipment that is easy to use and operate but also provides better patient care and outcome will also benefit staff morale. 

If you would like assistance with selecting a new anaesthesia system for your practice, contact the team at Sound Veterinary Equipment. We have a wide range of models and features to ensure you have the right solution and your patients remain sound asleep 

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