Checking anaesthetic equipment | Association of Anaesthetists

Checking anaesthetic equipment

Please note that these guidelines are currently under review and will be updated in due course


The anaesthetist has a responsibility to understand the function of anaesthetic equipment and to check it before use. Anaesthetists must not use equipment unless they have been trained to use it and are competent to do so. These guidelines offer advice and information on checking anaesthetic equipment including:  

  • Procedures for checking anaesthetic equipment 
  • Checks for power supply, gas and suction 
  • Monitoring equipment 
  • Dealing with machine failure 
  • Recording and audits