A new anaesthetic machine has been delivered to Scott Memorial Hospital in Scone.
The machine is an AISYS machine made by GE healthcare and will ensure the best anaesthetic practice.
Nurse unit manager Nicole Briggenshaw said the staff were very excited to have received the new state-of-the- art technology.
“It is nice to have a new machine, especially with us being a rural hospital,” she said.
The machine is one of 11 that have gone out to rural hospitals across the Hunter New England Health Service.
It was paid for under a state grant through the Rural Futures Program.
The new anaesthetic machine will replace the redundant machine in the theatre and offers staff many new safety features.
“It has an advanced ventilator which is equal to an ICU ventilator,” Ms Briggenshaw said. “The old one wasn’t computerised. This one has an electronic gas delivery system, paediatric modes and awareness monitors”.
The anaesthetic machine will be used for all operations performed in Scone, and even when sedating a patient.
Perioperative sales specialist Dani Patel has been on hand for two days providing training to Scone hospital staff while the new machine was being installed.