Low‑flow anaesthesia – underused mode towards “sustainable anaesthesia”

Upadya, Madhusudan and *, Saneesh P J (2018) Low‑flow anaesthesia – underused mode towards “sustainable anaesthesia”. Indian Journal of Anaesthesia, 62 (3). pp. 166-172. ISSN 0019-5049

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Any technique that employs a fresh gas flow that is less than the alveolar ventilation can be classified as low‑flow anaesthesia. The complexities involved in the calculation of uptake of anaesthetic agents during the closed‑circuit anaesthesia made this technique less popular. However, the awareness of the dangers of theatre pollution with trace amounts of the anaesthetic agents and the prohibitively high cost of the new inhalational agents, have helped in the rediscovery of low‑flow anaesthesia. Moreover, the time has arrived for each of us, the practicing anaesthesiologists, to move towards the practice of low‑flow anaesthesia, to achieve lesser theatre and environmental pollution and also to make anaesthesia more economical. The article also reviews low‑flow anaesthesia (LFA) in paediatrics, recent advances such as automated LFA and updates on currently undergoing research to retrieve and reuse anaesthetic agents.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Economical, environmental, low‑flow anaesthesia, rebreathing, sustainable anaesthesia
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Anaesthesiology
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2018 06:59
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2018 06:59
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/151906

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