Waste Anesthesia Gases in the Healthcare Environment: Risks and Prevention Strategies


Feature Speakers:

James D. McGlothlin, MPH, PhD, CPE

College of Health and Human Sciences

Purdue University


John E. Moenning, DDS, MSD

Indiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates


This webinar focuses on waste anesthetic gases (WAGs), which pose a significant health hazard in the hospital setting and must be controlled to protect healthcare workers. Two experts, Drs. McGlothlin and Moenning discuss the scope of WAGs as an acute and chronic health hazard in the clinical setting and review the many health conditions associated with excess exposure to WAGs. Also discussed are the many government guidelines and other publications that outline exposure limits and offer practical solutions to the problem.


Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this webinar participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the health consequences from chronic low dose exposure to waste anesthetic gases
  2. List the availability of scavenging to minimize exposures to waste anesthetic gases
  3. Identify government agencies to contact and are responsible for establishing safe exposure limits to waste anesthetic gases

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