(Another Reason Why) I Like Desflurane
Posted by Clark Venable on 2/21/2007I've posted before on why I think the desflurane Tec 6 vaporizer is a good design (it doesn't need to be turned off to be refilled). I'd like to add another reason to the list: it has alarms.
The Desflurane Tec 6 has a 'low agent' alarm and a 'no output' alarm, in addition to the ability to detect when it has been tipped (and therefore shouldn't be used). The other common agent, Sevoflurane, is delivered via a vaporizer that has none of these things. I am personally aware of two cases where no volatile anesthetic was delivered despite the vaporizer being 'open'. Two cases that would have been uneventful if desflurane and a Tec 6 vaporizer had been used. I'm going to ask the Society for Technology in Anesthesia listserv if there is any reason the Sevoflurane vaporizer couldn't have these features.
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