Students explore current practices in the preparation, operation, and troubleshooting of
anesthesia delivery workstations. Topics include the structure, function, and operating
principles of workstation components as well as information on anesthetic pollution, equipment
hazards, and checks and maintenance procedures for anesthesia workstations. Students analyze the
uses of airway and adjunct equipment.
After completing this course, students will be able to:
- Compare various anesthesia machines and workstations, evaluating how they are used, and
analyzing trends in their development.
- Evaluate the functions, hazards, and applications of vaporizers.
- Examine various anesthesia machine breathing systems, outlining their principles, components,
classifications, structures and functions.
- Analyze the modes of ventilation and variables seen on anesthesia ventilators.
- Describe the effects and hazards of trace gas levels and evaluate measures to control and
monitor these levels.
- Perform a machine checkout and explain the rationale for each step.
- Analyze the uses and evolution airway management equipment.
- Analyze the uses and evolution of auxiliary equipment.
- Module 1: The Anesthesia Workstation
- Module 2: Functions, Hazards, and Servicing of Vaporizers
- Module 3: Principles, Components, and Classifications of Anesthesia Breathing Systems
- Module 4: Circle Absorption System
- Module 5: Controlling Trace Gas Levels
- Module 6: Anesthesia Ventilators
- Module 7: Hazards Associated With Anesthesia Machines and Breathing Systems
- Module 8: Gas Monitoring During Anesthesia
- Module 9: Anesthesia Workstation Checkout and Preventative Maintenance
Required text and materials
Students will source their own textbook:
Ehrenwerth, J., Eisenkraft, J. B., & Berry, J. M. (2013). Anesthesia Equipment:
Principles and applications (2nd ed.), Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders. Type: Textbook
ANES 4001 uses online simulations. Students are required to use either Firefox for (PC and Mac)
or Internet Explorer 11 (for PC) to use the simulation. In addition, the Adobe Shockwave player
plug-in is also required in order for the browser to work with the simulation. To download the
Shockwave plug-in, please go to (https://get.adobe.com/shockwave/).
Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.
To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on
the final mandatory examination and 50% or higher on the overall course.
Students applying this course towards any TRU Health Care program may be required to obtain a
minimum 60% on the course overall to meet program requirements.
|Assignment 1: Hypoxic Gas Mixtures
|Quiz: Trace Gas Analysis
|Assignment 2: Machine Research
|Assignment 3: Machine Checkout Presentation
|Final Examination (mandatory)
Open Learning Faculty Member
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is
through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary
contact information at the start of the course.