Download Anesthesia Equipment: Principles and Applications 2e PDF

Download Anesthesia Equipment: Principles and Applications 2e PDF

Anesthesia Equipment: Principles and Applications, 2nd Edition, by Dr. Jan Ehrenwerth and Dr. James B. Eisenkraft, offers expert, highly visual, practical guidance on the full range of delivery systems and technology used in practice today. It equips you with the objective, informed answers you need to ensure optimal patient safety.

"This is a comprehensive, up-to-date reference textbook covering all aspects of physics and equipment for the modern American anaesthetist. It may be helpful to those studying for American fellowship examinations but is not suited to preparation for the UK FRCA examinations." Reviewed by: I.Wrench on behalf of the British Journal of Anaesthesia, Feb 2014 

Make informed decisions by expanding your understanding of the physical principles of equipment, the rationale for its use, delivery systems for inhalational anesthesia, systems monitoring, hazards and safety features, maintenance and quality assurance, special situations/equipment for non-routine adult anesthesia, and future directions for the field.
Ensure patient safety with detailed advice on risk management and medicolegal implications of equipment use.
Apply the most complete and up-to-date information available on machines, vaporizers, ventilators, breathing systems, vigilance, ergonomics, and simulation.
Visualize the safe and effective use of equipment thanks to hundreds of full-color line drawings and photographs.

It is paradoxical that in the late twentieth century, when anesthesia machines and equipment were much simpler, reading Anesthesia  Equipment:  Principles  and  Applicationsedited by Drs. Jan Ehrenwerth and James Eisenkraft was mandatory. At that time in most health care facilities, the absence  of  on-site–trained  technicians  made  each  anesthesia  caregiver  his  or  her  own  biomedical  technician. 
Analogous  to  early  aviators,  anesthesia  caregivers  were required to understand the mechanics of their equipment as well as make minor repairs. Today, anesthesia workstations  and  equipment  are  complex  and  computer  based. 
Now  there  is  an  information  explosion  from  multiple e-media sources. Does this absolve health care providers from  possessing  an  intimate  knowledge  of  the  basics  of their equipment? The answer is a resounding no! If anything, the second edition of Anesthesia Equipment:Principles and Applicationsbecomes even more important, as the clinician is continually bombarded with data on the wellbeing  of  his  or  her equipment.  Deciphering  early  clues from a potential equipment failure and addressing them in a timely fashion can mean the difference between an uneventful  anesthetic  procedure  and  one  with  a  significant complication or adverse outcome.
For this edition, Jan Ehrenwerth and James Eisenkraft are joined by James Berry. All are acknowledged leaders in this field. Incorporating vital material from the first edition,  they  have  completely  redesigned this  seminal publication.  Keeping  an  easy-to-read  and  understandable style, they have spent a huge amount of time revising  the  graphics  and  tables.  The  figures  are  clear  and crisp,  with  the  associated educational  message  easy  to understand.  Indeed,  the  editors  are  so  compulsive  that even the colors in graphs explaining vaporizer operation are color coded (sevoflurane = yellow, desflurane = blue, and isoflurane = purple). The tables are clear and not so overloaded with data that they become unreadable. The 
chapters,  written  by  experts  in  specific  areas,  follow  a template, which enhances their ability to deliver a message clearly and rapidly and augments their educational value. Parenthetically, two of the chapters written by the editors  are  so  outstanding  that  I  recommend  them  to candidates  preparing  for  their  oral  board  examinations and  now  the  recertification  examination.  Chapter  3, 
“Anesthesia Vaporizers,” dissects the inner workings of the  modern  vaporizer  and,  perhaps  more  important, adroitly deals with the nuances of vaporizer malfunction in  a  clinical  setting.  Chapter  31,  “Electrical  and  Fire Safety,” makes these topics so understandable that readers may think they could be an electrical engineer or fire marshal!
The real strength of the second edition of Anesthesia Equipment: Principles and Applicationslies in the breadth of topics  covered.  This  is  not  an  anesthesia  workstation book. Rather, it addresses areas that the clinician is likely to encounter on an everyday basis. The last part of the book, Safety, Standards, and Quality,brings all the chapter themes together under the larger topic of patient safety, a core value of our specialty. It addresses such provocative topics  as  risk  management  and  the  development  and impact of regulations and standards.
The editors have taken a very complex group of topics, and by use of their skills as clinicians and educators, have made the material meaningful to the novice as well as seasoned attending clinicians. In looking at the value of the book,  perhaps  Albert  Einstein  said  it  best:  “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

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