Category : Correspondence

Be flexible with your fixed reservoir bag

Neha Singh*, Parnandi Bhaskar Rao**,Sidhartha Mohanty*

*Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, IMS and SUM Hospital, SOA University, Bhubaneswar, (India)

**Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, AIIMS, Bhubaneswar- 751019, Odisha, (India)

Correspondence: Dr. Neha Singh, MD; Assistant professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine,  Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital, SOA University, Bhubaneswar – 751030, Odisha, India; Phone: 91-06742386214; Fax: 0674-2386293; Mobile: 91-9776638858; E-mail: hinehabhu@rediffmail.com

Key words: Anesthesia; Anesthesia, Closed-Circuit; Anesthesia, General

Citation: Singh N, Rao PB, Mohanty S. Be flexible with your fixed reservoir bag. Anaesth Pain & Intensive Care 2015;19(2):210

Anesthesia workstations provide anesthesia teams with reliable support during perioperative period increasing efficiency and saving time. Many models of the workstations have the fixed type of reservoir bag with adjustable arm (Figure 1). The fixed adjustable arm is a limiting factor for anesthesiologists mobility and manoeuvrability during induction of anesthesia. We have improvised a simple assembly to address this problem by using components which are readily available in every operating room and enhancing the length of this fixed assembly to make it more user-friendly. A reservoir bag, two plastic connectors and one kink-free PVC tubing are used to make a longer flexible arm with reservoir bag. (Figure 2)

This assembly is easy to use and gives more working space between workstation and operating table especially for procedures to be done in prone position because in those patients induction of anesthesia and tracheal intubation are done on stretcher  and  afterward patient is turned prone on operating table.

Figure 1: Fixed arm reservoir bag

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Figure 2: Improvised flexible arm reservoir bag

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