Checklist for draw-over anaesthetic equipment 2019 | Association of Anaesthetists

Checklist for draw-over anaesthetic equipment 2019


This checklist with accompanying guidance is written to ensure the correct functioning of draw-over anaesthetic equipment and is important to patient safety. The anaesthetist has a primary responsibility to understand the function of the anaesthetic equipment and check it before use. Anaesthetists should not use equipment unless they have been trained in its use and are competent to do so. A self-inflating bag should be immediately available in any location where anaesthesia is given. A two-bag test should be performed after the breathing system, vaporisers and ventilator have been individually checked. A record should be kept with the anaesthetic machine that these checks have been carried out. The ‘first user’ check, after servicing, is especially important and should be recorded.