The SomnoSuite small animal anesthesia system from Kent Scientific includes an Integrated Digital Vaporizer (IDV), electronic flowmeter, and pump in a 8.5 in by 11.5 in by 3 in tabletop unit. Designed for use with mice and rats, the system is factory-calibrated for use with isoflurane, sevoflurane, and desflurane.
In lieu of using a large canister as an anesthetic reservoir, the system employs standard glass syringes to dispense the anesthetic with no scavenging system required. A small filter is included to catch the anesthetic that is unused.
Dialing in the percent of anesthetic gas delivered to the animal is digitally controlled for exact precision and safety. User exposure to the anesthetic is minimized because such a small amount of anesthetic and oxygen is used. Typical “human-sized” vaporizers waste more anesthetic gas than would normally be used in a given procedure (typically 25cc per procedure). By contrast, SomnoSuite uses less than 1cc of isoflurane an hour for a typical procedure.
Additional modules that can be integrated into the SomnoSuite system include the MouseVent Automatic Ventilator and MouseSTAT Pulse Oximeter/Heart Rate Monitor.
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