Journal of Anesthesia

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 269–282 | Cite as

Waste anesthetic gas exposure and strategies for solution

  • Hai-Bo Deng
  • Feng-Xian Li
  • Ye-Hua CaiEmail author
  • Shi-Yuan XuEmail author
Review Article


As inhaled anesthetics are widely used, medical staff have inevitably suffered from exposure to anesthetic waste gases (WAGs). Whether chronic exposure to WAGs has an impact on the health of medical staff has long been a common concern, but conclusions are not consistent. Many measures and equipment have been proposed to reduce the concentration of WAGs as far as possible. This review aims to dissect the current exposure to WAGs and its influence on medical staff in the workplace and the environment, and summarize strategies to reduce WAGs.


Waste anesthetic gases Occupational exposure Inhaled anesthetics 



We would like to thank Dr. Hong-Fei Zhang and Dr. Hong-Yi Lei who assisted our manuscript preparation. The work was supported by Guangdong Science and Technology Project (2014A020213018 to Ye-Hua Cai) and National Natural Science Foundation of China, Beijing, PR China (81471272 to Shi-Yuan Xu).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyZhujiang Hospital of Southern Medical UniversityGuangzhouChina

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