Ohmeda TEC 6 Vaporizer
WLM ID: akin | Catalog Record
Mechanical vaporizers are built to convert liquid anesthetics into gaseous form, and deliver them at the right concentrations for anesthesia. Desflurane, an anesthetic introduced in 1991, had such a low boiling point that it required the development of a new kind of vaporizer. The manufacturer, Ohmeda, introduced the Tec 6 around 1993. From the way the carrier gas flows through the vaporizer, to the vapor pressure sensors, and the electrically powered heating element, the Tec 6 reflects the uniqueness of the anesthetic for which it is engineered. The dial on the top is used to set the concentration of the agent, and a safety catch prevents accidental changes in the setting. Visual and auditory monitors indicate the level of the anesthetic liquid, the status of the battery, and other functions. To facilitate its incorporation into existing anesthesia systems, the Tec 6 came in two versions. The version described here is made to function with systems made by Ohmeda, which is now a part of GE Medical Systems, Inc.