Anaesthetic machine

Medical gas supply checked to theatre

Pipeline gas attached securely

Pipeline gas pressure 3-4 ATM

Oxygen cylinder pressure > 100,000 kPa

Gas supply alarm checked (oxygen alarm)

Vapourisers seated, interlock checked and full

All rotameters workings and bobbins spinning

Antihypoxic device functional (nitrous/oxygen ratio)

Back bar check (Negative pressure check or bouncing bobbin)

Circuit pressurises to 40cm H2O with no fall in 5 seconds

APL pop-off valve works

APL valve opens rapidly and pressure remains low with high flow

Inspiratory and expiratory valves working

Oxygen flush works

Ventilator works with test lung and minimal gas flow

Soda lime canister colour normal

Scavenging working (-75mmHg)

Monitoring, airway and other equipment

Monitoring turned on

Gas monitoring functional

Suction working

Two laryngoscopes

ETT several sizes, LMA several sizes

Oral and nasopharyngeal airways


Face masks, varying sizes

Cricothyroidotomy kit and cricothyroid cannula equipment present

Intubating bougie and stylet present

Self inflating bag and mask present

Scissors, clamp and Magill forceps present

Tapes, ties

Monitoring cables present


Salbutamol present

Suxamethonium present

Metaraminol, ephedrine, adrenaline, atropine present

Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.