Anesthesia Unit Pre-use Checks—Not Every Step Is Automated

February 24, 2016 | Evaluations & Guidance


To ensure proper functioning of anesthesia systems, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) recommends, and ECRI Institute agrees, that a complete check be performed at least before the first case each day and that partial checks be performed before each subsequent case. (For more information, see the complete ASA guidance on pre-use checks. )

These pre-use checks have become increasingly automated over the years. Many of the tasks that previously had to be performed manually can now be done with minimal user intervention. Such automated pre-use checks can save time, improve consistency,...

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