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5 'tasks' of oxygen in the AGM
1. oxygen pressure failure alarm
2. fail safe
3. flush valve
4. runs the bellows (drives the ventilator)
5. flowmeter
What is considered the high pressure part of the AGM?
the tanks (2200 psi)
What is considered the low pressure part of the AGM?
components that are distal to the flowmeter to the patient, i.e. common gas outlet, vaporizer, valves
What is considered the intermediate pressure part of the AGM?
From the primary regulator to secondary regulator
The primary regulator does what to the pressure coming from the tanks?
drops it from 2200 psi to 45 psi
What drives the AGM?
How much is pipeline pressure?
Tank pressure (before the regulator)?
50 psi

2200 psi (45psi after the regulator)
diameter index safety system

non-interchangeable connection used to connect the pipeline to the AGM
What does the check valve do and where is it located?
it's located downstream from the pipeline inlet and prevents the reverse flow of gas from the machine to the pipeline
pin index safety system

non-interchangeable connection used to connect the tanks to the AGM; prevents a misconnection of the cylinder to the AGM
Why is cylinder pressure less than pipeline pressure?
prevents silent depletion of the tank if the tank is inadvertantly left open after checking the pressure
oxygen tank color
Where is the 2nd stage regulator(s) located on the AGM?
they are on all lines before the flowmeter to decrease the pressure from 45 psi to 12-19 psi.
What does the common gas manifold do?
mixes all the gases
What is the hypoxic guard?
it is a failsafe that does not allow less than 21% oxygen to be delivered to the patient. So, for example, if you increase nitrous, it automatically increases the oxygen content accordingly
What gases flow through the vaporizer?
oxygen only
What does the hanger yoke do?
it is where the tanks hang.

orients the tank to the AGM
provides unidirectional flow
ensures a gas-tight seal
True or False

The fail safe system prevents hypoxic mixtures of gas.

slide 13 (The Idiots Guide to the Anesthesia Machine lecture)
What should you do if you lose oxygen pipeline pressure?

a. open the oxygen cylinder
b. disconnect from the pipeline
c. ventilate by hand to conserve gas
d. A and C
e. all of the above
e. all of the above

Disconnect from the pipeline to ensure that pressure is coming from the cylinder.
Ventilate by hand so you eliminate the need for O2 to drive the AGM.
How many liters in a full O2 tank?
Where is the oxygen flowmeter located on the AGM and why?
It is always the farthest downstream in the AGM and closest to the patient so any changes in oxygen flow to the patient will be immediate.
True or False

The hypoxic guard prevents hypoxic breathing mixtures of gases from reaching the patient.

It does permit hypoxic mixtures if the wrong gas is attached to the system, if there is a leak downstream of the flow control valves, if there are defective components on the AGM or if helium is used.
True or False

ETT deadspace is higher than mask deadspace.

it is the opposite because the mask has a bubble of air space.
Benefits of a closed circuit system include all of the following except:

a. able to conserve respired heat and humidity
b. useful for all ages
c. resistance is low, less than an ETT
d. all of the above are benefits of the system
d. all of the above are benefits of the system

the disadvantages are increased dead space and possible malfunctions of unidirectional valves
2 types of CO2 absorbers
soda lime

bara lime
Why can't we use sevoflurane with soda lime CO2 absorber?
it causes the formation of Compound A, a renal toxic compound
What is the most common mesh size in CO2 absorbers?
4 - 8 mesh
True or False

CO2 absorbers always have a color change when they are exhausted and need to be changed.

Color change may not occur as a result of channeling or inactivation of the indicator by UV light. Also, if left alone long enough, a color change of the absorbant will fade.
Why is it possible to have exhausted CO2 absorbant without the color change to indicate it?
1. channeling

2. inactivation of the indicator by UV light
How many liters of gases flow through the I portion of the circuit at any one time?
7 liters
What color is the nitrous tank?
Why is the scavenger interface so important?
It protects the breathing circuit from excessive positive and negative pressures.
Why are descending bellows ventilators becoming obsolete?
because it is difficult to recognize patient disconnect from the machine.
4 types of breathing systems
open - no rebreathing (ether screen); no mixing of inspired and expired gases
semiopen - those without CO2 absorber
semiclosed - those with CO2 absorber
closed - rebreathing system
What are the Mapleson A & E systems?
Mapleson A - 'A' for afferent reservoir system; reservoir bag is on the inspiratory limb; most efficient system for spont. ventilation

Mapleson E - 'E' for efferent reservoir system
True or False

Mapleson A’s are inefficient during controlled ventilation (I.e. ambu-bagging)

Mapleson A is good for SPONTANEOUS ventilation because the expiratory valve is farther away from the reservoir bag.

Mapleson D is good for controlled ventilation
In what order are the Mapleson systems (A,B,C,D) efficient, from most efficient to least efficient?

"All Dogs Can Bite"
List patient/vent factors that influence mixing gases on the Mapleson A system.
free gas flow (FGF)
respiratory rate
tidal volume
expiratory pause
CO2 production

**we can manipulate FGF
Which Mapleson system is best for controlled ventilation?

a. A
b. B
c. C
d. D
d. D (aka the Bain system)

D is for controlled ventilation.
A is for spontaneous ventilation.
Which Mapleson system is best for spontaneous ventilation?

a. A
b. B
c. C
d. D
a. A

A is for spontaneous ventilation.
D is for controlled ventilation.
List patient/vent factors that influence mixing gases on a Mapleson D system.
free gas flow (FGF)
respiratory rate
tidal volume
pattern of respiration

**ALL of them can be manipulated on the D system.
What is the average CO2 output for an adult? for a child?
adult = 3ml/kg

child = 6ml/kg (higher metabolism)
What is the average O2 consumption of an adult?
3.5 ml/kg
Systems without CO2 absorbers (open and semiopen) rely on _____ to reduce rebreathing of gas.
FGF (free gas flow)

problems with these systems are: wasteful
loss of heat
loss of moisture
What is the APL and what does it do?
APL = adjustable pop-off bag

releases gases to the atmosphere or scavenge system
provides pressure control in the breathing system
True or False

Length of tubing is proportional to amount of dead space.

Length of tubing does not contribute to dead space.
list the time constants.
1 time constant = 0.63
2 time constants= 0.86
3 time constants= 0.95
4 time constants= 0.98
Of the 4 types of ventilator systems, which one is most used today?
The goal in providing anesthesia is to get the patient from Stage ___ to Stage ___, quickly. Stage ___ is an undesirable stage because the patient is _______.
One time constant equals what percent change in the concentration of a substance toward the total possible change?
How many time constants does it take to reach maximal concentration?
2 time constants = ___%
3 time constants = ___%
4 time constants = ___%
1 time constants = ___%
Water is flowing at 2L/min through a pipe with a 15L capacity. Calculate the time constants.
time constant = total capacity/flow through system

1Tc = 15/2 = 7.5 min = 63%
2Tc = 15 min = 86%
3Tc = 22.5 min = 95%
4Tc = 30 min = 98%
What is the typical volume of an anesthesia system?
Which Mapleson system is used to transport patients?
Mapleson F

The system's proper function is based on using a gas flow that is twice the pt's minute volume.
What should you do if O2 pipeline pressure is lost?
Crack the O2 tank
Disconnect the oxygen pipeline supply source at the wall.
The oxygen pipeline supply fails and the O2 cylinder gauge shows 1100psi. How long will the tank last if the flow rate is 2L/min?
660L/2200psi = x (L)/1100

330L left in the tank with a flow rate of 2L/min = 165 min
What is MAC?
minimal alveolar concentration

the amount of anesthetic required to provide immobility in 50% of the patient population exposed to surgical stimulation
If you increase the flow rate, the time constant will ______.
If you decrease the flow rate, the time constant will ______.
What is the partition coefficient?
anesthetic solubility

how the gas partitions itself between the blood and the gas
With the exception of halothane, how are anesthetic gases excreted?
by the lungs, during exhalation
What color is the nitrous oxide tank?
What color is the air tank?
What color is the nitrogen tank?

nitrogen is used to work the instruments in the OR

It is NEVER given to the patient.
What is nitrogen used for in the OR?
to work drills and other instruments
Types of compressed gas? Give examples of each.
liquified (CO2, nitrous oxide)
non-liquified (nitrogen, air, helium)
Give examples of liquified compressed gases
nitrous oxide
Liquified compressed gases are characterized by all of the following except:
a. liquid state at room temperature
b. liquid state at a tank pressure greater than 2200psi
c. nitrous oxide is an example
d. A & C are incorrect
b. b. liquid state at a tank pressure greater than 2200psi

they are liquid at pressures 25-2500 psi
True or False

It is acceptable to start a case with tanks that are 1/2 full.

no laws were violated but the standard of care was violated
Which cylinders are larger, E or H?
How can you determine how much nitrous oxide is in a tank?
weigh it

until it is on the verge of being empty, the pressure gage will not change (745 psi). You must weigh it to determine the amount in the tank.
Which cylinders are used on the AGM and for transport, E or H?
What is the service capacity of this tank?

the "*" indicates the 10yr retest interval
What is the serial number on this tank?

How do you know it qualifies for a 10year hydrostatic retest interval?
What is the pin position of the O2 tank?
What is the pin position of the nitrous oxide tank?
What is the capacity of a nitrous oxide tank?
1590 L
What is the service pressure of a nitrous oxide tank?
745 psi
What is the pin position of the air tank?
What is the capacity of the O2 tank?
What is the service pressure of the O2 tank?
2200 psi
How long will the O2 tank last if you have 500 psi and you run it at 2L/min?
660L/2200psi = X(L)/500psi

150L at 2L/min = 75 minutes before the tank is empty
You have 745 psi of nitrous oxide in the tank. If you run a flow of 2L/min, how long will the tank last?
The only way to figure out how much nitrous is in the tank is to WEIGH IT!!
All the following statements are true except:

a. The pipeline connections to the machine use DISS.
b. The diameter and shape of each gas connection is different.
c. The PISS system is used on cylinders to ensure easy interchangeability.
d. The oxygen connector is 2-5.
c. The PISS system is used on cylinders to ensure easy interchangeability.

The PISS ensure NON-interchangeability.
True or False

Muscle and blood are good conductors of energy.
macro- vs microshock
macroshock is an electrical injury as a result of a current applied to the intact skin

microshock is an electrical injury as a result of a current applied to the susceptible tissue lacking the protection of the skin

much less current is required to sustain injury in microshock
What is LIM?
line isolation monitor

electricity in the OR is isolate to limit the amount of surges or outside shocks to the system. LIM is to make sure the leakage current is minimal and that alarms occur when a certain amount of leakage is exceeded.
osmotic pressure
pressure required to stop osmosis
oncotic pressure
pressure exerted by plasma proteins in the capillaries
capillary oncotic pressure
24 - 27 mmHg
At what osmolarity do RBC's lyse?
<200 mOsm/L
Fick's Law
the rate of diffusion of a substance across a unit area (such as a surface or membrane) is directly proportional to the concentration gradient.
It is inversely proportional to the membrane thickness and square root of the molecular weight.
Graham's Law
the rate of diffusion is inversely proportional to the square root of the molecular weight of the substance.

i.e. big molecules diffuse slower than smaller ones
what drives diffusion?
What 3 things are directly proportional to diffusion in Fick's Law?
partial pressure gradient
membrane area
solubility of gas in membrane
Which formula is used to calculate the transmembrane potential difference related to ion diffusion through a semi-permeable?
Nernst equation

it takes into account Gibbs' free energy and electromotive force
What three factors are important for non-gas diffusion?
concentration gradient for un-ionized substances
electrochemical gradient
lipid solubility
Which will diffuse faster helium or oxygen? Why?

Graham's law --> smaller molecular weight diffuses faster
Boyle's Law

at a constant temp, pressure is inversely proportional to volume

i.e. if pressure goes up, volume goes down
Charles Law
temp - volume

at a constant pressure, volume of a gas is directly proportional to the temperature
Gay Lussac Law
temp - pressure

at a constant volume, the pressure is directly proportional to temp
O2 tank in a cold OR is moved to a warm OR. Which law is it?
Gay Lussac Law

pressure is directly proportional to temp
Avogadro's number and hypothesis
6.02 x 10 to the 23rd

one mole is one gram molecular weight at standard temp and pressure
General Ideal Gas Law

encompasses Boyle's, Charles',
Gay Lussac's Laws and Avogadros' hypothesis
Dalton's Law of partial pressures
The total pressure exerted by a mixture of gases is equal to the sum of the partial pressures of the individual gases.
the measure of resistance to flow
3 forces associated with liquids
With laminar flow, flow is greatest:

a. closest to the wall
b. in the center of the tube
c. flow is equal throughout the radius of the tube
d. none of the above
b. in the center
Poiseuille's Law
1. laminar flow of an incompressible gas/fluid is directly proportional to the fourth power of the radius.
2. flow is directly proportional to pressure
3. flow is inversely proportional to viscosity
4. flow is inversely proportional to length
True or False

Flow is directly proportional to pressure
True or False

Flow is directly proportional to viscosity.

It is inversely proportional.

the more viscous the fluid the lower the flow.
What factors increase the viscosity of blood?
decrease temp
increased age
increase Hct
what is Reynold's number?
It measures the propensity for turbulent flow.

>2000 = turbulent flow
<2000 = laminar flow
When flow is turbulent (viscosity, density) _______ determines flow, not (viscosity, density) _________.


viscosity relates to friction whereas density is the weight of a substance.
Bernoulli effect
the lowering of fluid pressure in regions where the flow velocity is increased (in areas of decreased diameter)
What does the O2 flush valve do?
allows O2 to bypass the vaporizer to deliver O2 directly to the patient at 50 psi

can result in barotrauma
What does the CO2 absorber do?
removes CO2 by absorbing it into the granules
What does the reservoir bag do?
stores gas
able to see pt respiring
delivers O2 while bagging
What does the flowmeter do?
allows CRNA to set flow rate of gas which is the amount of O2 that travels through the machine to the patient
What does the vaporizer do?
adds anesthetic to the supplied carrier gas
What is the partition coefficient?
the ratio of an amount of substance in one phase as opposed to another

i.e. liquid to gas
in the lungs as opposed to in the blood

useful in anesthesia b/c it indicates the behavior of gases as they enter and leave the body
What determines how fast an anesthesia gas works and how fast it wears off?

the more insoluble, the faster it works
When a pt has a full stomach, how do we go about intubating?
awake intubation using topical anesthetics

RSI with antacid admin and cricoid pressure
What is the purpose of cricoid pressure?
Cricoid pressure is application of downward pressure on the cricoid ring in an effort to prevent passive regurgitation of stomach contents after the patient is unconscious. It will not prevent the muscular activity: vomiting.
What's the difference b/w RSI and regular intubation?
application of cricoid pressure
give paralytics and induction agents at the same time
use ultra-fast agents to minimize time
avoid ventilating to prevent gastric insufflation
list 4 induction agents with proper doses.
sodium thiopental 3-5 mg/kg IV
propofol 2 mg/kg IV
ketamine 2-4 mg/kg IV
etomidate 0.2 - 0.3 mg/kg IV
midazolam 0.15 -0.4 mg/kg IV
list 2 muscle relaxants
succinylcholine 1-1.5 mg/kg (depolarizing agent)
rocuronium 1.2 mg/kg (non-depolarizing agent)
What is the duration of action of succinylcholine?
5-12 minutes
What is the duration of action of rocuronium?
60-90 minutes
contraindications to using succinylcholine
increased potassium, pts with renal failure, burn pts(succ causes transient potassium release)
use with caution in pts with a head injury b/c succ may cause transient increased ICP
How many ancillary people do you need to intubate?
one to hold cricoid pressure
one to stabilize neck if injury suspected
one to push drugs
How do we confirm successful intubation?
O2 sat rise
condensation on the ETT
chest excursion
What does cricoid pressure do?
prevents passive reflux of gastric contents

Does NOT prevent active reflux = VOMITING
At what age does a pediatric airway become an adult airway?
How do we figure out the proper ETT size in a child?
What is the narrowest part in a pediatric airway?
non-definitive airways?
potential complications of a tracheostomy
loss of airway
subcutaneous emphysema
cannulation of false passage