Ward's Anaesthetic Equipment

First prize winner, Anesthesia Book Category, British Medical Association 2012 Medical Book Competition

Lavishly illustrated by clear line diagrams and photographs, Ward’s Anaesthetic Equipment is a highly accessible single source to aid understanding of the key principles behind equipment function and design. This sixth edition of the classic reference text on anaesthetic equipment is again extensively revised to reflect the very latest advances.

Ward’s is an invaluable resource for qualified anaesthetists, as well as essential reading for those in training or approaching examinations such as those of the Primary and Final Fellowship in the UK and Ireland. Trainees in Intensive Care Medicine, anaesthetic assistants, operating department practitioners, electronic and biomedical engineers in hospitals and manufacturers’ representatives will also benefit from this most trusted guide.


Hardbound, 600 Pages

Published: December 2011

Imprint: Saunders

ISBN: 978-0-7020-3094-9


  • 1 The supply of anaesthetic and other medical gasses

    2 Measurement of pressure and gas flow

    3 Vaporizers

    4 The anaesthetic workstation

    5 Breathing systems and their components

    6 Airway management equipment

    7 Equipment for the inhalation of oxygen and other gasses

    8 Manual resuscitators

    9 Automatic ventilators

    10 Ventilation in the intensive care unit

    11 Breathing filters, humidifiers and nebulizers

    12 Equipment for paediatric anaesthesia

    13 Equipment for regional anaesthesia

    14 Physiological monitoring: principles and non-invasive monitoring

    15 Physiological monitoring: gases

    16 Monitoring of cardiovascular and coagulation systems

    17 Depth of anaesthesia and neurophysiological monitoring

    18 Atmospheric pollution

    19 Infusion equipment and intravenous anaesthesia

    20 Medical suction apparatus

    21 Cleaning, disinfection and sterilization

    22 Information technology and the anaesthetic workstation

    23 Electrical hazards and their prevention

    24 Surgical diathermy

    25 Pacemakers and defibrillators

    26 Lasers

    27 Provision of anaesthesia in difficult situations and the developing world

    28 The anaesthetist and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

    29 Error

    30 Warming devices

    31 Ultrasound

    Appendix: SI units and conversion tables


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