Dr Muralidhar Joshi, Director, Department of Anaesthesia & Pain Management, Kamineni Hospitals
Innovations in Anaesthetic Equipment
There has been tremendous growth in anaesthetic agents and anaesthetic techniques. Lot of work has been done for coming up with new innovations that can make anaesthetic experience a safer. One of these innovations is Ultrasound guided centra-neuraxial blocks and vascular cannulations. This technique offers greater safety and predictability in performing these interventions. The second one is airway accessing tools which are very simple to use from peripheral places to highly advanced territories namely Laryngeal Mask Airways and I-Gels that have revolutionised the concept of airway safety in difficult circumstances.
Both fluoroscopy and ultrasound imaging techniques have made a difference in acute and chronic pain issues. These innovations are being acknowledged as they can bring precision and predictability in results. The healthcare situation in India has come to a full circle. There is greater awareness on the latest happenings in anaesthetic equipments and their role. It can be enhanced by more awareness at not only the tertiary care centre,but at peripheral health centres. This we can achieve by e-learning modules especially for senior anaesthesiologists who are at the helm of affairs at these learning centres.
Future of these innovative techniques
To make the anaesthetic practice a safe and accessible, the innovations have to be simpler, cost effective and time tested. The industry should think towards more non-invasive options than invasive tools to make the equipments user friendly and cost effective. I would like to quote the slogan of World Health Organisation (WHO) in 1990s Think Globally, Act Locally. With that spirit the newer and innovative anaesthetic equipments can make a difference.