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Anesthesia Leak Test

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Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), Demonstrates leak testing your anesthesia machine, which only takes a minute, and can save you valuable time during an anesthetic procedure. This should be performed before every anesthetic procedure for patient safety, because it identifies faulty equipment before it can affect a patient.

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Suellen Kelly's picture

Such a concise video and our students asked to watch it over to review and get the process correct. The porcedure checklist accompanies it very well.

Ty Bucher's picture

Megan, I was wondering why do you only go up to 20cmH2O?

Rachel Medo's picture

Hi Ty,

Thanks for submitting your question. I was able to check in with one of our surgery technicians here at DoveLewis, and have posted her response below.

The reason for that is we would never want our anesthetic system to pressurize over 20cmH2O while a patient is attached or we risk barotrauma (lung injury due to increased airway pressure). Because our pressure will not be over 20cmH2O, there is no need to pressure check at higher pressures. Though some literature out there recommends pressure checking at 30cmH2O, either option is adequate to ensure we don't have a leak at normal operating pressures.

Let me know if I can answer any further questions!

Milimar Rivera's picture

I just wanted to let yo know how much I appreciated when your videos include Closed Caption. I am hard of hearing and it make it a lot easier to understand your videos. THANK YOU!

Rachel Medo's picture


Thanks for your feedback!

We are in the process of trying to add more closed caption videos because we know how important they are. We'll keep our members updated as we make changes to improve our content!

Patrícia Catarino's picture

HI! How do we do this if our equipment don´t have an pressure gauge? I can't define the 20cc