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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Martin H Dauber, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: As the computer age has impacted anesthesia practice, this new edition of a comprehensive book on anesthesia equipment is vital. It covers all issues related to anesthesia practice, with special attention to safety and standards.
Purpose: The book sets out to describe the principles of operation including the physics and technological aspects. After the principles are laid out, the applications and limitations are presented. Finally, the clinical and safety relevance is covered.
Audience: Anesthesia practitioners at all levels of training or practice will benefit from this book. The authors are widely recognized authorities in the field.
Features: The first section covers gases and ventilation (from the machine side) and is followed by comprehensive discussions of monitors of systems and patients. A section on computers, alarms, and ergonomics is followed by a discussion of special conditions (such as closed circuit anesthesia). A short section covers airway devices, infusion pumps, and temporary pacemakers. Some topics that are not unique to anesthesia (e.g. extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, cardiopulmonary bypass) are beyond the scope of this book and not included.
Assessment: Understanding Anesthesia Equipment, 5th edition, Dorsch and Dorsch (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008), is the historic reference in this area, but it is surpassed by the new edition of this book. This is comprehensive, easy to read, and well indexed. The illustrations, including real-life photos as well as graphs and figures, are outstanding. The time had come for an update, and this edition goes above and beyond. It is an outstanding and vital contribution to the field, and a must-have for all locations where anesthesia is administered.