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DNP Project



Background: The anesthesia machine is important medical equipment in the operating room that provides safe anesthesia delivery to patients. Despite improvement from a mechanical to a computerized electronic device, on rare occasions, the anesthesia equipment system can fail. The anesthesia machine delivers oxygen and anesthetic gas to patients during surgical procedures. Breathing circuit leaks or failure during surgical cases have been reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Injury resulted from anesthesia equipment malfunction can be detrimental to patient outcome. The objective of this quality improvement project is to improve the knowledge of anesthesia providers on preventing and managing intraoperative anesthesia machine failure.

Methods: An extensive database search that included Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), PubMed, Medline, the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), and Google Scholar was used to searching for articles relevant to preoperative anesthesia machine failure.

Results: The 6 articles selected for this literature review focused on analyzing anesthesia machine faults, identifying errors and equipment failure, and educating or training providers on addressing anesthesia machine failure.