Anesthesia: The dead space hack

August 2, 2016
Tasha McNerney, BS, CVT, CVPP, VTS (anesthesia and analgesia)
Tasha McNerney, BS, CVT, CVPP, VTS (anesthesia and analgesia)

Tasha McNerney, BS, CVT, VTS (anesthesia and analgesia), is host of the Firstline series, "Coffee on the Couch." Sick of being asked, "When are you going to be a veterinarian?" and "Why aren't you a real nurse?" Tasha set out to interview veterinary professionals to elevate the profession's perspective on veterinary technicians and identify career paths for technicians. Tasha is a member of the IVAPM. She works as a technician at Rau Animal Hospital in Glenside, Pennsylvania.

In tiny patients you might be concerned about extra dead space. Tasha McNerney, BS, CVT, CVPP, shares her favorite anesthesia tip she learned from Andrea M. Caniglia, VMD, DACVAA.

 You can reduce your mechanical dead space by taking a 25 or 22 gauge Luer lock needle and attaching it directly to your CO2 sensor. Then place the needle into the endotracheal tube and you will get a nice reading on your capnography monitor. This way you avoid needing to use an elbow or other adaptor that would add to the mechanical dead space.