Tag James M. Berry

Anesthesia at High Altitude

Overview In the course of common anesthetic practice, it is unusual to worry about alterations in total environmental pressure, because the majority of anesthetic procedures are conducted within a limited pressure range. In fact, most organized hospital settings have developed…

Ergonomics of the Anesthesia Workspace

History Decades ago, accidental delivery of hypoxic gas mixtures was a constant threat during general anesthesia. Many instances of hypoxia were attributed to human error. In some cases, the anesthesiologist mistakenly turned the wrong gas flow control knob or failed…

Monitoring Ventilation

Overview Until the early twentieth century, animal life was defined by the presence of spontaneous ventilation. Absence of breathing implied death or impending death, although experiments with resuscitation and artificial ventilation had occurred since the eighteenth century. The defining characteristics…

Medical Gases: Storage and Supply

Overview Anesthesia providers were once expected to know a great deal about the storage and supply of medical gases. In both large and small institutions, anesthesiologists often had to rely on their own knowledge and skill in this area to…