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Measurement and Control of Air Pollution by Anaesthetic Gases and Vapours

  • A. G. L. Burm
  • J. Spierdijk
  • V. Rejger

Abstract

Chronic exposure to low concentrations of waste anaesthetic gases is generally regarded as a potential danger to the personnel working in operating-theatres, recovery rooms and other rooms where inhalation anaesthetics are used regularly, as well as to their progeny (Spierdijk and Burm 1982; Cohen 1980). Although the reports on the detrimental effects of waste anaesthetics are not conclusive, it is strongly recommended that the degree of air pollution be reduced as much as possible (Spierdijk and Burm 1982; Cohen 1980; Oehmig 1978; Niosh 1977). Furthermore, it is good practice to check the effectiveness of the systems (scavenging systems or closed circuits) that have been installed to reduce air pollution by measuring the remaining concentrations to which the personnel are exposed. The methods that have been developed in our department to measure exposure levels and to control anaesthetic pollution are described below.

Keywords

Nitrous Oxide Terminal Point Pipeline System Scavenge System Disposal System 
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  • A. G. L. Burm
  • J. Spierdijk
  • V. Rejger

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