The Future of Anaesthesia
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In the previous sections we have examined some general principles involved in the process of administering an anesthetic. As a part of this review we have considered the essential role played by the acquisition and transfer of information from the patient to the anesthetist; and in particular we have seen how both content and structure of the patient-to-anesthetist message influence the latter’s decisions. The need to select flowmeters and vaporizers of maximum simplicity and safety was discussed and emphasis was placed on the need to avoid operator’s errors. Along these lines we have considered the desirability of constructing task and performance oriented “anesthesia modules” viewed as units incorporating into a single physical facility instruments and tools for collection, display and storage of information from the patient, as well as facilities for the administration of an anesthetic. Finally, we have presented data that were developed through the routine use of one such “general purpose” anesthesia module.
KeywordsStroke Volume Index Output Index Left Ventricular Ejection Time Decimal Notation Intermittent Sampling
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