Due to the complexity and diversity of the modern day anaesthetic machine, each individual manufacturer specifies their own pre-anaesthetic checks. Alongside these manufacturer checks there are also specific guidelines that need to be followed to ensure the correct functioning of anaesthetic equipment and airway management at the start of each day and before each individual procedure. The AAGBI guidelines 2012 (see appendix 1) specify that a routine pre-use check of an anaesthetic machine should be undertaken by a staff member that is appropriately trained to do so; it should be performed in the anaesthetic room to be used and confirmation of these checks should be documented appropriately in the log boo...
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...roblem is solved; in the case of the anaesthetic machine being changed for an alternative device the full pre-use check should be performed to ensure correct functioning for the safety of the patient (AAGBI, 2012).
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