The mechanisms of carbon monoxide production by inhalational agents

MJ Coppens*, LFM Versichelen, G Rolly, EP Mortier, MMRF Struys

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Abstract

Carbon monoxide can be formed when volatile anaesthetic agents such as desflurane and sevoflurane are used with anaesthetic breathing systems containing carbon dioxide absorbents. This review describes the possible chemical processes involved and summarises the experimental and clinical evidence for the generation of carbon monoxide. We emphasise the different conditions that were used in the experimental work, and explain some of the features of the clinical reports. Finally, we provide guidelines for the prevention and detection of this complication.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)462-468
Number of pages7
JournalAnaesthesia
Volume61
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May-2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • DRY SODA LIME
  • STANDARD ANESTHETIC CIRCUIT
  • SEVOFLURANE DEGRADATION
  • VOLATILE ANESTHETICS
  • DIOXIDE ABSORBENTS
  • COMPOUND-A
  • DESFLURANE ANESTHESIA
  • BARALYME(R)
  • ISOFLURANE
  • ENFLURANE

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