Conclusions

It may be concluded that there is no lack of knowledge, equipment and method to perform gas chromatographic separation and quantitative evaluation of all types of anaesthetic mixtures from one to multicomponent mixtures (including light gases and gaseous anaesthetics) in this extensively described well-established field. Nevertheless, the time required for analysis means that gas chromatography is mainly used for anaesthetic research purposes. Separations taking 5-10 min are not acceptable to medical personnel who would require a time scale an order of magnitude less for analysis of patient's breath in an operating theatre. However, there is room for future improvements to simplify the column systems, developing fast and continuous methods with automated samplers to be able to monitor anaesthetic concentrations during surgery.

See also: II/Chromatography: Gas: Gas-solid Gas Chromatography; Headspace Gas Chromatography; Detectors: General (Flame Ionization Detectors and Thermal Conductivity Detectors); Detectors: Mass Spectrometry; Detectors: Selective; Sampling Systems. III/Gas Analysis: Gas Chromatography.

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