This AR lesson allows nurses to participate in remote medical learning, the lesson specifically focuses on the intricacies of an anesthesia machine.
The anesthesia machineis a medical device used to generate and mix a fresh gas flow of medical gases and inhalational anaesthetic agents for the purpose of inducing and maintaining anaesthesia. The machine is commonly used together with a mechanical ventilator, breathing system, suction equipment, and patient monitoring devices; strictly speaking, the term « anaesthetic machine » refers only to the component which generates the gas flow, but modern machines usually integrate all these devices into one combined freestanding unit, which is colloquially referred to as the « anaesthetic machine » for the sake of simplicity. In the developed world, the most frequent type in use is the continuous-flow anaesthetic machine or « Boyle’s machine », which is designed to provide an accurate supply of medical gases mixed with an accurate concentration of anaesthetic vapour, and to deliver this continuously to the patient at a safe pressure and flow. This is distinct from intermittent-flow anaesthetic machines, which provide gas flow only on demand when triggered by the patient’s own inspiration.