ANES 4005: Anesthesia Adjunct Equipment

Students review, examine and analyze all aspects of adjunct equipment used to administer anesthesia to patients. Activities for assessment include analyzing different monitoring devices, reviewing different tools and techniques for administering anesthesia safely, identifying complex situations and explaining how to manage them. Students focus on equipment in their workplace and compare and contrast with alternatives.


After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the adjunct anesthesia delivery equipment required to provide general or regional anesthesia.
  • Analyze and contrast the appropriate physiological monitors necessary to ensure the safety of providing anesthesia.
  • Describe clinical situations where typical monitoring and treatment strategies may not be sufficient.
  • Propose alternative advanced equipment to aid in the analysis and treatment of complex perioperative scenarios.
  • Summarize the risk of infection in anesthesia.
  • Evaluate techniques and equipment used to eliminate cross contamination.

Course outline

1. Anesthesia carts

2. Monitoring systems & devices

3. Regional anesthesia

4. Temperature management

5. Infusion pumps

6. Trace gas monitoring

7. Disinfection & sterilization of equipment

8. Intraoperative cell salvaging

9. Non-invasive cardiac output monitoring

10. Neurological monitoring systems

11. Transesophageal echocardiography

12. Point-of-care analyzers

13. Breathing filters

14. Non-invasive temporary pacemakers and defibrillators

Required text and materials

This is a companion course to ANES 4001. Therefore, the materials package for this course will not include any materials that were required in ANES 4001.

If students did not take ANES 4001 and/or don't already own the required materials, please be aware that students will need to purchase them. To do so, please contact Enrolment Services at or 1.800.663.9711 (toll-free in Canada), 250.852.7000 (Kamloops, BC), and 1.250.852.7000 (International).

Ehrenwerth, J., Eisenkraft, J. B., & Berry, J. M. Anesthesia equipment . (2nd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders, 2013.
Type: Textbook, ISBN: 978-0-323-11237-6


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.

In order to complete this course successfully, students must obtain at least 50% on the mandatory final examination and 50%t overall.

Assignment 1 - Anesthesia carts 5%
Assignment 2 - Required Monitors 5%
Assignment 3 - Regional Anesthesia 5%
Assignment 4 - Temperature Management 5%
Assignment 5 - Infusion Pumps 5%
Assignment 6 - Trace gases 5%
Assignment 7 - Cell salvaging 5%
Assignment 8 - Bispectral Index 5%
Assignment 9 - Transesophageal echocardiography 5%
Assignment 10 - Point of Care Analyzers 5%
Assignment 11 - Breathing Filters 5%
Assignment 12 - Defibrillators 5%
Final Exam 40%
Total 100%

Note: Students applying this course towards the Anesthesia Assistant program must obtain a minimum of 60% on the course overall to meet program requirements.

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 course.

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