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March 2011

People in operating theatre with new equipment jpegBallarat Courier photographer Lachlan Bence with Ballarat Health Services Director of Anaesthetics Dr Fred Rosewarne and Dr Liz Bashford with new operating theatre equipment.

Ballarat replaces anaesthetic equipment

Ballarat Health Services has installed new anaesthetic machines in its six operating theatres.

BHS Director of Anaesthetics Fred Rosewarne said replacing the entire complement of anaesthetic machines was a rare occurrence in any hospital.

‘The machines are similar to, but an updated version of, those currently in the Royal Melbourne Hospital, where most of our registrars come from,’ Dr Rosewarne said.

‘They have increased intrinsic levels of safety built into them.

‘They are easier for our medical team to operate and, ultimately, BHS patients are benefiting from this upgrade of equipment.’

The $300,000 upgrade was made possible with a grant from the Department of Health’s Targeted Equipment Program.

The Aisys machines, made by GE, feature a new generation of electronic controls that are more reliable and have enhanced safety back-up systems.

Servicing costs are expected to be lower and the new machines will be compatible with existing monitors which were recently upgraded.

‘The newer ventilator on these machines is more akin to what you would find in an intensive care unit,’ Dr Rosewarne said.

The installation occurred over several days to allow for staff education and familiarisation with the new machines.