Improved anesthesia support of the forward surgical team: a proposed combination of drawover anesthesia and the life support for trauma and transport.


The Ohmeda Portable Anesthesia Complete is the apparatus available for delivery of general anesthesia in the forward surgical teams in the U.S. Army. The Life Support for Trauma and Transport is being field tested for use as a single patient critical care transport bed. An effective circuit was created which linked the currently fielded draw-over anesthesia machine with the patient ventilator (Impact 754 Eagle) mounted in the Life Support for Trauma and Transport, with bench testing indicating that the anesthesia levels were accurate and that it was a useful system for field resuscitation and surgery. Others should be able to utilize this information for the benefit of their patients in field environments, especially forward surgical teams and others working in austere health care locations.


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