Waste Anesthetic Gases (WAGs): Minimizing Health Risks and Increasing Awareness

  • John E. MoenningJr.
  • Dina A. Krenzischek
  • James D. McGlothlin


Recent discoveries have shown that exhalation from patients in the postanesthesia care unit (PACU) exposed nurses to significant levels of WAGs based on administration of these anesthetic agents during the patient’s procedures. Nurses can have a critical role to help reduce these levels to the lowest level possible and improve the health of the interdisciplinary team. This chapter will outline the inhalation exposure hazards to nurses and present best practices, administrative, and engineering controls to prevent such exposures.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John E. MoenningJr.
    • 1
  • Dina A. Krenzischek
    • 2
  • James D. McGlothlin
    • 3
  1. 1.Indiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery AssociatesFishersUSA
  2. 2.Patient Care ServiceMercy Medical CenterBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Emeritus Purdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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