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The Triservice Anaesthetic Apparatus: A Review
  1. Lt Col RS Frazer, Consultant in Anaesthesia1 and
  2. DJ Birt, Consultant in Anaesthesia2
  1. 1SO1 Clinical, HQ 2 Med Bde, Strensall, York. YO32 5SW 01904 442611 01904 442689 scottfrazer{at}
  2. 2MDHU Derriford, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth


The Triservice Anaesthetic Apparatus was designed around 30 years ago as a robust and highly portable anaesthesia delivery system for medical support to airborne operations and it has been the core anaesthesia system for the Defence Medical Services since then. Over this period there have been a number of equipment changes but issues remain which are in part mitigated by recent training developments. This article reviews these changes and developments and considers the future of this equipment.

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