Older Anesthesia Machines and Equipment: Obsolescent or Safe?
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Older Anesthesia Machines and Equipment: Obsolescent or Safe?

Older Anesthesia Machines and Equipment: Obsolescent or Safe?

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Anesthesiologists are experts in current medical monitors, equipment, and the patient-machine interface. However, medical equipment is constantly evolving, and new equipment is routinely introduced into clinical service as older equipment is phased out. Rather than labeling aging equipment “obsolete” and removing it from service, it is common for health care facilities to place such equipment in a back-up mode, used only when patient census and demands are at a peak. While this practice extends the useful life of earlier generations of equipment, it may have the unexpected consequence of challenging physicians and ancillary personnel with a confusing array of new and old equipment in the clinical arena. Thus, anesthesiologist need to be knowledgeable on the use and functions of older anesthesiology machines that they may encounter. This case-based CME program educates through the presentation of patient safety scenarios, and is available exclusively online. Patient safety is a component of the ABA’s MOCA® requirements.

This activity contributes to the patient safety CME requirement for Part II: Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment of the American Board of Anesthesiology’s (ABA) redesigned Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program® (MOCA®), known as MOCA 2.0™. Please consult the ABA website, www.theABA.org, for a list of all MOCA 2.0 requirements.


This activity meets the criteria of the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety for 1.0 CPPS CE hours.

CME Credit:
1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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Adobe Acrobat Reader
Internet connection and a Web browser version that was released within the last three years.

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Learning Objectives: After successfully completing this activity, the learner will be able to:

  1. Describe the risks and benefits of using older anesthesia and medical equipment.
  2. Implement management strategies that will minimize equipment errors.
  3. Discuss systems issues (human factors) that may...
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