Silicone Rubber: A New Diffusion Property Useful for General Anesthesia

Science  07 Oct 1966:
Vol. 154, Issue 3745, pp. 148-149
DOI: 10.1126/science.154.3745.148


Ether, nitrous oxide, halothane, and cyclopropane diffuse through silicone rubber. General anesthesia can be produced in dogs by passing the vapors of any of these anesthetic agents through a coil of silicone rubber tubing, each end of which is placed in an artery and vein. Potential applications include a new method for general anesthesia and a simple accurate vaporizer for halothane.