Safe management of anaesthetic related equipment | Association of Anaesthetists

Safe management of anaesthetic related equipment


The majority of incidents in anaesthesia arise from human error. Although about 20% of incidents are due to equipment failure, many incidents that are initially thought to be equipment failure turn out to be user error, or inappropriate use. Both of which indicate a lack of training in the correct use of equipment. This document gives guidance on choosing, purchasing, maintaining, replacing and disposing of equipment. It includes information on:

  • Responsibility of anaesthetists and Trust or other healthcare organisations
  • Standards
  • Responsibility of manufacturers and suppliers
  • Choosing and trialling equipment
  • Public sector procurement
  • Commissioning new equipment
  • Maintenance, replacement and disposal of equipment
  • User training