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Anesthesia: Inhalation vs. Injectable

There are five basic considerations when choosing a method of anesthesia.

  1. Reduce the likelihood of animal loss
  2. Avoid interfering with research question
  3. Minimize the stress to animals
  4. Maintain a consistent plane of anesthesia through the duration of the procedure
  5. Have a fast and safe recovery at the end of anesthesia

Upon evaluation of a number of variables, inhalation anesthesia offers many advantages over traditional injectable anesthesia, as seen in the chart below.

Inhalation Injectable
Technician expertise
Low
High
Susceptibility to human error
Low
High
Stress to the animals
Low
High
Susceptibility to animal loss
Low
High
Recovery time for animals
Short
Long
Labor intensive
Low
High

The SmartFlow Anesthesia Suite provides an effective alternative to traditional injectable anesthesia, while offering a simple and safe environment for the researcher.


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