In order to ease the fear and discomfort of an anesthetic mask induction, we often use essential oils (we refer to as “mask flavors”) to add a pleasant smell to the oxygen mask which helps to, at least partially, cover the unpleasant smells of the plastic mask and sevoflurane anesthesia. One problem with our work flow is that the flavor vials are typically held in the equipment carts like so:
This method of storage is suboptimal. The vials often tip over and spill, they must be picked up in order to read the label, and the anesthesia techs can not easily tell which vials need to be replaced. Inserting a simple 3D printed organizer would be an easy and cheap solution in order to improve the organization and delivery of this tool.
I conceived the following design in my CAD software:
The model was designed to fit nicely into the existing space. Two rows are positioned to display the vials in an orderly and easy to read manner while the back portion would allow for the storage of a few extra vials.
I printed 2 prototypes on a Prusa i3 MK3S in PLA with 0.2 mm Layer height.
Here is the model in use. It serves its purpose as designed and my anesthesia group was pleased with the upgrade.
Along with one of my colleagues, I continued to print these organizers for the remainder of the anesthesia carts.
Use of essential oil to promote induction of anaesthesia in children (A brief research article on the benefits of essential oils for inhalational anesthetic induction in children)