Older Anesthesia Machines and Equipment: Obsolescent or Safe?

  • Claim Credits by 3/3/2020
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Credits Available: CME, Patient Safety
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.

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Accreditations refers to the number of Credits, AMA PRA Credits and MOCA if listed.

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 contribute to patient safety incidents.

  4. Identify policies that require personnel be educated and trained with medical equipment prior to use on patients.

  5. Cite American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) guidelines (2004 statement) on obsolescent anesthesia machines.


The American Society of Anesthesiologists remains strongly committed to providing the best available evidence-based clinical information to participants of this educational activity and requires an open disclosure of any potential conflict of interest identified by our faculty members. It is not the intent of the American Society of Anesthesiologists to eliminate all situations of potential conflict of interest, but rather to enable those who are working with the American Society of Anesthesiologists to recognize situations that may be subject to question by others. All disclosed conflicts of interest are reviewed by the educational activity course director/chair to ensure that such situations are properly evaluated and, if necessary, resolved. The American Society of Anesthesiologists educational standards pertaining to conflict of interest are intended to maintain the professional autonomy of the clinical experts inherent in promoting a balanced presentation of science. Through our review process, all American Society of Anesthesiologists CME activities are ensured of independent, objective, scientifically balanced presentations of information. Disclosure of any or no relationships will be made available for all educational activities.

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Older Anesthesia Machines and Equipment: Obsolescent or Safe?
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