When ISOFLURANE is used in laboratories, it is necessary to install very efficient ventilation systems changing the air up to 10 x times pr. hour. In many laboratories, there is also a separate ventilation system in the table where operators are experimenting with mice and other small animals, and also often there is an air ventilation close to the respirator
Nevertheless ventilation - also in well ventilated rooms, ISOFLURANE can often be detected by smell. After longer period of use, some ISOFLURANE escapes the system. How much and where the vapor concentrate in the room is difficult to determine. AQM 1 is the suitable instrument to test and monitor the measurement information. When laboratory workers complain, that they smell ISOFLURANE, the level has already reached above > 1200 PPM. And this happen regularly.
Isoflurane is used for surgical purpose, when the veterinarian requires the patient to be unaware and without pain, or when the animal must be immobilized. Besides the benefit of less pain, the animal is also exposed to less stress due to the surgical operation.
In animal clinics and hospitals where cats and dogs are anesthetized for surgical procedures, ISOFLURANE is usually the preferred gas. In some situations, Sevoflurane is preferred, however Sevoflurane is significantly more expensive and therefore not used frequently. Also, smaller animals are generally placed under anesthesia, and because ISOFLURANE is very well controlled, it is easy to dose correctly. Veterinary anesthesia is used in all of the major species: dogs, cats, horses, cattle, sheep, goats, and pigs, as well as all other animals requiring veterinary care such as birds’ pets, and wildlife. Veterinarians use ISOFLURANE for wider range of purpose compared to anesthesia in human beings. Mainly because animals do not easily co-operate with the doctor in diagnostics and therapeutic procedures.