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Posted by on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:16pm.

In planning to administer a gaseous anesthetic to a patient,
a. Why must the anesthesiologist take into account the fact that during surgery the gaseous anesthetic is used both at room (18 degrees C) and the patient's body temperature (37 degrees C)?

The warmer the temperature, the more the gas will expand? and if the gas expands too much in the patients body during surgery they could die. So they must take into account what the temperature needs to be at room temperature AND the patients body temp because they will need to be used at different temps. The patients will not need to be kept as warm as the room temp.
anything i missed..? that's all i can think for the reasoning. Thank you for any help!

  • Chemistry - , Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:26pm

    That looks ok to me I might suggest a minor change at ......"and if the gas expands too much in the patients body during surgery it could lead to complications or even death"

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