A: Is the monitor in service mode?  You have to be in normal operating mode to simulate breath and have it read accurately. In service mode the monitor takes a very long average to calculate CO2 and noise, so simulating breath will cause the CO2 to read approximately half of what it should be and the noise parameter will be very high.

A: Make sure you are using a standard sampling tube between the module and the Smart Tank when you do calibration.  Do not significantly shorten the sample tube if you need to add a luer fitting to the end of it to interface with the SmartTank.  Do not try to build a sampling tube out of other tubing.  Gas module performance is affected by the sample tube size, length and material.

A: No, the Smart Tank takes care of that internally, and minimizes wasted cal gas.  Always use a standard sampling tube between the Smart Tank and the gas module.  The only mod you may have to make is to replace the patient end of the sample tube with a male luer fitting, if the manufacturer doesn’t offer a sample tube that terminates with a male luer fitting.  Use the luer fittings provided with the SmartTank and don’t shorten the sample tube.

A: GE gas modules have an internal reference gas port that constantly draws in room air.  This registers as a large leak when using the fast leak test method.  You can use the SmartTank, to test the sample flow rate of a GE module, but to test for leak, you will have to test it per GE’s service manual which includes openeing the module and pinching off the reference gas tube with a hemostat.  The SmartTank has an automated leak-down test mode that you can use for this type of leak testing.

A: Yes; as with all models, you will have to purchase the correct calibration gas mixture for your anesthesia module.

A: No, the SmartTank is not intended to test anesthesia vaporizers.  For this you will need a tool such as a Fluke Vapor, BC Group AA-8000 or a Riken FI-8000P.