ALN spoke with Bob Schrock, the
Co-Owner of VetEquip, Inc., to
learn more about waste gas scavenging and O2 concentrators.
What can I do to make the
anesthesia process safer for
both workers and animals?
You can start by speaking to
knowledgeable people that
offer items that are professionally made. Too many
home-made circuits and workarounds can leave
you with poor results and trace gas exposure.
Why is waste gas anesthetic scavenging so difficult?
It’s not really; it just takes some focus and effort. Keep
in mind that anesthesia induction in a chamber presents a specific challenge. Scavenging waste gas
from a breathing circuit poses another. Many people
think: “If I have vacuum, I am safe,” and maybe they
are right, but what have they done to the animal?
Can an O2 concentrator improve
the anesthesia process?
They certainly can make things easier. When you
think of the time and effort it takes to order, store,
replace, and pay for O2 tanks, the idea of having a device that concentrates oxygen from room
air, just by plugging it in is very attractive.
How does an O2 concentrator work?
It’s really quite interesting. It’s called pressure swing
adsorption (PSA). Room air is pressurized within a vessel
that will strip out the nitrogen. The O2 passes through
and is stored. Once the pressure is released, the nitrogen
is released back to atmosphere. The cycle repeats and
you have O2 that can reach a concentration up to 96%
Why should I visit the VetEquip booth at
the 2018 AALAS National Meeting?
Anyone with more questions is certainly welcome to come
by and discuss this and waste gas management as well. Our
team is highly educated in this realm and we don’t just talk
to sell you something. We think our knowledge is our most
valuable asset to share and we look forward to seeing you.
For more information, visit VetEquip, Inc., at the AALAS
National Meeting, October 28 – November 1, in Baltimore, Maryland at booth 1110 or go to www.vetequip.