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The anaesthetic machine and patient safety.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7979139     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The anaesthetic machine used by most anaesthetists today closely resembles the anaesthetic machine of the late 1940s, with the addition of a multitude of devices and monitors necessary for the complexity of modern anaesthesia. Although modern anaesthesia boasts of a high level of safety, the ad hoc development of the anaesthetic machine has done little to enhance this safety record. Future improvements in patient safety will at least partially depend on improved ergonomics and human factor engineering in the design and arrangement of the anaesthetic workplace. Some innovative designs are now being seen both commercially and experimentally in which all monitoring is integrated and servo feedback control loops are used to deliver anaesthetic agents to the patient.
R Westhorpe
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore     Volume:  23     ISSN:  0304-4602     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Acad. Med. Singap.     Publication Date:  1994 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-12-09     Completed Date:  1994-12-09     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503289     Medline TA:  Ann Acad Med Singapore     Country:  SINGAPORE    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  592-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Royal Children's Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Anesthesia / adverse effects,  statistics & numerical data
Anesthesiology / instrumentation*
Anesthetics / administration & dosage,  adverse effects
Computer Systems
Equipment Design
Monitoring, Intraoperative / instrumentation,  methods
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