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The anesthetic gas and vapors that leak out into the surrounding room during medical
and surgical procedures are considered waste anesthetic gases.
They include nitrous oxide and halogenated agents (vapors) such as:

  • Enflurane
  • Isoflurane
  • Sevoflurane
  • Desflurane
  • Halothane

Potential adverse health effects of exposure to waste
anesthetic gases include loss of consciousness, nausea, dizziness, headaches, fatigue,
irritability, drowsiness, problems with coordination and judgment, as well
as sterility, miscarriages, birth defects, cancer, and liver and kidney

Potential Hazard

  • Exposure to waste anesthetic gases occurs from:

    • Poor work practices during the anesthetization of patients.
    • Leaking or poor gas-line connections.
    • Improper or inadequate maintenance of the machine.
    • Patient exhalation in the recovery room or Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) during off-gassing of surgery patients.

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