Inhalational agents

There are many inhalational anaesthetic agents. These include:

  • Sevoflurane
  • Methoxlyflurane
  • Halothane
  • Isoflurane
  • Enflurane
  • Ether
  • Desflurane

Modern anaesthetic agents are very potent. All are liquids at room temperature and vaporise readily, so they must be delivered using a purpose-made vaporiser. The concentration of anaesthetic needed to induce and maintain anaesthesia varies between the different agents.

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Updated on 12th May 2020

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