When most folks think about a well-equipped O.R., they likely consider a large hospital suite filled with all the necessary materials to safely perform a surgery or medical procedure. Many patients are amazed to enter the O.R. and see all the lights suspended from the ceiling on their pivoting arms. They might look over at the surgical equipment positioned in a well-organized manner on one or more instrument tables. Some patients like to watch their ECG and non-invasive blood pressures being displayed on large monitors positioned around the room. If the case requires some special piece of equipment, like a fluoroscope or a cardiopulmonary bypass machine, the size of those devices might be impressive to the awake patient. And we, as physician anesthesiologists, are certainly concerned with the tools and machines we must depend upon during the delivery of...

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