Basic Physics & Measurement in Anaesthesia

Edited by

  • Paul Davis, BSc, DipAdvStSc, CPhys, MInstP, MIPEM, SRCS, Principal Physicist, West of Scotland Health Boards' Department of Clinical Physics and Bio-Engineering, Southern General Hospital, Glasgow, UK
  • Gavin Kenny, BSc(Hons), MD, FRCA, Senior Lecturer, Department of Anaesthesia, University of Glasgow; Head of Anaesthesia, HCI International, Glasgow, UK


  • P.D. Davis

Revisions for this edition will include latest equipment and review of technical features, new European regulations, expanded EEG and infusion chapters, updated illustrations and new ones added, thorough review to cover FRCA requirements.
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Book information

  • Published: June 2003
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-4828-8

Table of Contents

1. Pressure
2. Fluid flow
3. Volume and flow measurement
4. The gas laws
5. Natural exponential functions
6. Solubility
7. Diffusion and osmosis
8. Work, energy and power
9. Temperature
10. Heat capacity and latent heat
11. Vaporizers
12. Humidification
13. The sine wave and wave patterns
14. Electricity
15. Biological electrical potentials:
their display and recording
16. Electrical safety
17. Blood pressure measurement
18. Oxygen measurement
19. Hydrogen ion and carbon dioxide
20. Further techniques of gas and vapour
21. Gas supplies
22. Breathing and scavenging systems
23. Fires and explosions
24. Isotopes and radiation
25. Presentation and handling of data, basic
measurement concepts
26. Assessment of awareness during anaesthesia