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Thinking of Buying: Anesthesia Machines
The latest models offer high performance in compact designs.
Mike MacKinnon, DNP, FNP-C, CRNA
Publish Date: May 17, 2022   |  Tags:   Anesthesia Patient Safety

Five or 10 years ago, a basic anesthesia machine was perfectly suitable in many outpatient ORs. Times have changed, however, as the differences between hospitals and surgery centers continue to narrow. Surgery centers are now caring for larger, older and sicker patients, and performing more complex surgeries such as total joints. This wider pool of patients can present significant anesthetic challenges compared with the younger, healthier individuals who once were the prototypical outpatient surgery patient. Patients who present for surgery with more comorbidities require more finesse in their anesthetic care. As a result, anesthesia providers working at many outpatient centers now require anesthesia machines that offer more precise, versatile controls and richer functionality.

For anesthesia providers the most basic anesthesia machines at ASCs usually worked just fine. If the machine had a manual ventilation mode, basic oxygen and at least one vaporizer, they were good to go. That’s no longer the case. Sleek new platforms designed for fast-paced surgery centers boast small footprints and the control providers need to manage more complex surgeries and sicker patients. 

Assessing the following features when shopping the latest options in anesthesia machines will help you find a model ideally suited for your ASC. 

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