Preoperative Checks

Before administering any anaesthetic the anaesthetist will want to verify that the equipment intended for use is available and functioning [12]. Some of the most important aspects are:

• trained assistance;

• airway equipment;

- range of laryngoscope blades;

- range of endotracheal tube sizes;

- adequate suctioning;

- intubation adjuvants, for example, bougie.

• anaesthetic machine and ventilator;

- checked for safe gas delivery;

- circuit checked for leaks or blockages;

- ventilator functioning checked.

• drugs and accessories;

- routine and emergency drugs;

- i.v. cannula available.

• monitors and alarms; Minimum monitoring, as set out by the Association ofAnaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, available in the anaesthetic room and theatre, namely:

- non-invasive blood pressure;

- pulse oximetry;

- capnography.

• operating table;

• identity of the patient, written consent and appropriate site of surgery (e.g. right or left) should be confirmed.

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