There are two fundamental ways of delivering anesthesia: general anesthesia where the patient is completely anesthetized, and local or regional anesthesia, where anesthetics are used to block pain in a specific portion of the body. In general anesthesia, different types of anesthetics are frequently used in the form of gas (anesthesia gases or inhalational anesthetics) and injection solutions.
Anesthesia gases are delivered through a breathing mask, and gas leakage may commonly occur, which in turn exposes the medical staff to risks. Anesthetic gases are invisible, and are especially treacherous in this situation.
The clinical risks to the medical staff whom are continuously exposed to these hazardous gases (i.e. anesthetic gases and nitrous oxide) are serious and well-documented.
The Swedish Work Environment Authority (Arbetsmiljöverket) has consequently issued regulations which provide increased protection for those staff members whom while working are handling anesthetic gases, such as medical staff, dentists/dental nurses and staff members within veterinary medicine. Read more here.
The Swedish Work Environment Authority has also published regulations regarding the hygienic limits to be respected in any working environment where air pollutants, such as different types of gases occur. There are hygienic limits, for example, for anesthetic gases such as nitrous oxide, sevoflurane, isoflurane and desflurane. Read more about it here.
Fortunately, Medicvent provides solutions for these situations.
Read more about Medicvent’s anesthesia solutions in the product pages: