Essentials of Anaesthetic Equipment , 4th Edition

By Baha Al-Shaikh, FCARCSI FRCA and Simon G. Stacey, FRCA FFICM
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Prepared by authors based in the UK, this highly practical, illustrated guide continues to provide an up-to-date, practical introduction to anaesthetic equipment and its use in clinical practice. An invaluable resource for all those who work with anaesthetic equipment, including anaesthetists studying for the FRCA examinations, nurses and operating department practitioners, this new edition has been completely updated to reflect current equipment and training requirements. Lavishly illustrated throughout with colour photos and clearly-drawn line illustrations plus fully revised self-assessment sections, Essentials of Anaesthetic Equipment, fourth edition, retains the superbly organized and easy-to-read format that has made previous editions such a success.  

Key Features
  • The same portable size is retained for the new edition
  • An ideal book for the busy trainee or practitioner to carry around the hospital and 'dip into' when the opportunity presents
  • A selection of MCQs is included at the end of each chapter providing an opportunity for the reader to test their knowledge - an ideal aid to exam preparation
  • Highly illustrated with colour photographs and diagrams throughout to aid recognition in the clinical environment and demonstrates essential points
  • Standardised format used for each piece of equipment: components, mechanism of action, problems in practice and safety features
  • Summary boxes in every chapter highlighting key points and safety considerations help the reader remember key information and breaks down the text into manageable chunks. Especially helpful when preparing for exams
  • Equipment checklists include essential information that all users of anaesthetic equipment need to know

New to this Edition
  • New colour images and artwork throughout
  • References updated with relevant links to NICE, NSPA and MHRA
  • Updated self-assessment sections (in SBA format) to check understanding and aid exam preparation
ISBN 9780702049545
Table of Content Medical gas supply. The anaesthetic machine. Pollution in theatre and scavenging. Breathing systems. Tracheal and tracheostomy tubes and airways. Masks. Laryngoscopes and tracheal intubation equipment. Ventilators. Humidification and filtration. Non-invasive monitoring. Invasive monitoring. Pain management and regional anaesthesia. Additional equipment used in anaesthesia and intensive care. Electrical safety. Sterilisation and cleaning. Checklist of anaesthetic apparatus. Recommendations for standards of monitoring during anaesthesia and recovery. Graphical symbols for use in labelling medical devices. Directory of manufacturers. Glossary
Author Information By Baha Al-Shaikh, FCARCSI FRCA, Consultant in Anaesthesia, Benenden Hospital, Kent; Visiting Professor, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK and Simon G. Stacey, FRCA FFICM, Consultant Anaesthetist & Intensivist, Bart's Heart Centre, Bart's and The London NHS Trust, London, UK
Trim 246 x 189
Pages 294
Publication Date 19-04-2013
Stock Status Please allow 3 - 4 weeks for delivery.
Published Reviews

Reviews of the previous edition:

British  Journal of Anaesthesia:

  • a valuable source of information for those interested in learning about anaesthetic equipment and how the various types of product operate
  • easy to read, clearly laid out, and well illustrated.


  • the book covers just about everything you need to know about anaesthetic equipment and there is certainly a need for a book such as this
  • attractive, well written and well laid out, and not hugely expensive
  • I would recommend it as an excellent starting manual for novice anaesthetists, as well as for trainees preparing for their FRCA examinations

European Journal of Anaesthesiology

  • well written with excellent illustrations and high production values
  • design is most suitable for those preparing for examinations and for trainers alike
  • authors offer a consistent style that minimizes repetition, while highlighting key points
  • keeps pace with medical innovation in anaesthesiology and should prove a popular text

Acta Anæsthesiologica Belgica

  • a welcome addition to find its way into the broad and often confusing armamentarium of modern anesthesiologists.
  • warmly welcomed by trainees and teachers alike as it is easy to read, very well illustrated and as a clear and accurate guide to successful techniques.

BMA Book Awards - Highly Commended

  • it's easy-to-read with clear diagrams and pictures that reinforce the text to great effect
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