Night of the Machines hosted by Dr Mike Olympio at Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Internal compartment of the Mindray A7 anesthesia machine

I am grateful for the opportunity to have attended the Anesthesia Machine Workshop “Night of the Machines” put on by Dr Mike Olympio who has done so for about every other year at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. This year’s was held  in the Center for Applied Learning and was well attended by anesthesiology residents, the institution’s anesthesia technicians, several student nurse anesthetists, and a few visitors like myself.  The 13 hour program was built on break-out sessions of small groups reading and analyzing schematics and diagrams on older machines, presenting their findings, and followed by expert lectures tying classic design to current machine principals. Representatives from anesthesia machine companies such as Mindray and Drager were on hand who presented their companies newest machines–the Mindray A7 and the Perseus A500.  The Mindray’s internal components are pictured above. The Perseus has a ventilator powered by a turbine the size of an Oreo cookie that spins at 55,000 rpm.  The two day event concluded with a hands-on Datex Aestiva machine pre-anesthesia safety check-out in the simulation laboratory. Participants were challenged to uncover 9 problems laid before them by the author of this course. Dr Olympio provided home baked goods while catered lunch and dinner was enjoyed by all.


Facts Regarding Anesthesia

Most recently with Wake Forest University School in the Department of Anesthesiology, John Charles Gerancher brought an immense amount of knowledge and expertise to his role. During the course of his career, JC Gerancher has held medical licensure in Washington, North Carolina, and California.

A practice that is dedicated to the care and pain relief of patients, anesthesia allows patients to undergo various surgeries and procedures comfortably and without pain. Outlined below are a number of facts regarding the process.

1. The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation exists to increase patient safety and knowledge regarding the practice.

2. When in an operating room, the anesthesiologist’s main role is to monitor and continually assess the patient’s vital life functions, including blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing.

3. Anesthesia for surgery is administered in doctor’s offices, hospitals, medical centers, and ambulatory surgical centers.

4. Over 40 million anesthetics are administered annually throughout the United States.