Last week we discussed how to choose the right patient monitor for your PACU. This week we will be discussing how to find the right patient monitor for your Operating Rooms.
If used in an operating room, then the types of procedures and surgery you will be performing will dictate what type of monitor needs to be used. If general anesthesia will be applied to the patient, then a monitor with anesthesia gas/agent analysis must be used. This monitor can be in an all-in-one monitor that would include ECG, SPO2, NIBP, EtCO2 and anesthetic gas analysis at a minimum. An internal recorder is also highly recommended (and may be required in some facilities) in this environment. In brief, an anesthetic agent monitor will measure end-tidal CO2 from the patient, as well as the amount of anesthesia gas exhaled from the patient. The 5 types of anesthesia agents are enflurane, halothane, isoflurane, sevoflurane and desflurane. Other options on this monitor that may be needed are invasive blood pressure and additional temperature inputs among others.
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