How to Connect a Breathing Circuit - A Step-by-Step Guide


How to Connect a Breathing Circuit: Step-by-Step Guide

    1. Breathing Circuit Components:
      • Identify the breathing circuit components: one end for connecting to the animal and the other end for connecting to the absorber.
    2. Handle with Care:
      • Handle the breathing circuit carefully, avoiding dropping it on the ground or bending it to keep it in good shape.
    3. Connecting to the Animal:
      • Hold the end of the breathing circuit meant for connecting to the animal.
      • Perform gentle pushing and wiggling motions to attach the circuit to the animal's airway.
    4. Ensuring Proper Connection:
      • Feel for the sensation of the metal parts of the circuit hooking together. This indicates that the connection is secure.
    5. Patient Setup:
      • Position the patient's breathing bag or the animal itself in readiness for connection.
    6. Connecting to Patient:
      • Attach the connected breathing circuit to the patient's airway or breathing bag.
    7. Pressure Measurement:
      • Locate the lower fitting on the circuit designed for pressure measurement.
      • Attach the fitting to measure the pressure in the breathing circuit.
    8. Completing Setup:
      • Ensure that all components are securely connected and in place.
    9. Ventilator Activation:
      • Start the ventilator to initiate the airflow through the circuit.
    10. Monitoring the Setup:
      • Observe the bellows on the breathing circuit for movement.
      • Watch the animal's lung go up and down in response to the ventilator's action.
    11. Tracheal Tube Connection:
      • On the opposite side of the connection, you'll find a long tracheal tube.
      • Connect this tube to the animal's airway to complete the circuit.
    12. Setup Verification:
      • Double-check all connections to ensure they are secure and functioning properly.

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