Chemistry And Physical Properties

Sevoflurane (ultane Figure 13-3) is a clear, colorless, volatile liquid at room temperature and must be stored in a sealed bottle. It is nonflammable and nonexplosive in mixtures of air or oxygen. Sevoflurane can undergo an exothermic reaction with desiccated CO2 absorbent (bara-lyme) to produce airway burns or spontaneous ignition, explosion, and fire. Care must be taken to ensure that sevoflurane is not used with an anesthesia machine in which the CO2 absorbent has been dried by prolonged gas flow through the absorbent. Sevoflurane reaction with desiccated CO2 absorbent also can produce CO, which can result in serious patient injury.

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