Argon - anaesthetic mystery solved
przemko at reks.uia.ac.be
Tue Jan 11 03:40:02 EST 1994
In article <2gteviINNqtp at newsman.csu.murdoch.edu.au> cummins at possum.murdoch.edu.au (Jim Cummins) writes:
>Some weeks ago I posted a query on Agon. Our mice were falling asleep
>in 5% Argon in normal pressure air. Turns out that all the Noble
>gases (except Helium) are anaesthetic at high pressure, in fact but for
>its cost Xenon might be the ideal anesthetic! The puzzle was that we
>were getting effects at such low partial pressure.
>It turns out that the flow rates we were using were insufficient to
>prevent back-flow from the hospital's gas disposal system, and we
>didn't have a valve in the outflow line. Consequently the anaesthetic
>effect was from a gas cocktail emanating from the operating theatres!
> Thanks to all who replied and helped.
>School of Veterinary Studies
>Western Australia 6150 Tel +61-9-360 2668 Fax +61-9-310 4144
>For every complex problem there's a simple solution. And it's wrong!
How does it work? I mean, one would think that a noble gas wouldn't
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