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The right anaesthetic breathing system for you?
  1. Eddie Clutton

    Eddie Clutton qualified from Liverpool University in 1981 and remained there for two years pursuing the diploma in veterinary anaesthesia. Between 1983 and 1989 he held the post of assistant professor of veterinary anesthesiology at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. He became lecturer in veterinary anaesthesiology at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 1990 where he is currently director of anaesthesia.


THE types of anaesthetic machine available and factors influencing the selection of machine were discussed in an earlier article (In Practice, February 1995, pp 83-88). Here, attention is turned to anaesthetic breathing systems, or circuits, which connect the anaesthetic machine to the endotracheal tube connector or mask and convey oxygen and anaesthetic vapour to the patient. Improper system selection, misuse or circuit malfunction may jeopardise patients. Because each circuit has advantages (and disadvantages) in different circumstances, a range should be available to cover all potential clinical situations.

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