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Diamedica Portable Anaesthesia System

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Diamedica Portable Anaesthesia (DPA 02 ) System
Health Topic Maternal mortality, Road traffic accidents, Child mortality
Classification Treatment
Scope Commercialized
Location Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe

Problem being addressed

In remote locations, emergency situations and in the aftermath of disasters, medical facilities may be limited or virtually non-existent. Emergency surgical procedures requiring anaesthesia, such as caesarean section, may be necessary in these situations, where power supplies and medical gases are absent or unreliable.

Detailed description of the solution

The Diamedica Portable Anaesthesia (DPA) Series provides a complete inhalation anaesthesia system in a case, suitable to carry as aircraft hand luggage and robust enough for any field, emergency or remote situation. Designed for field use the DPA series requires no electrical supply or compressed gases to function. It uses ambient air as a carrier gas, although supplementary oxygen can be used if available. Built to withstand extremes of temperature and humidity. Contained in a shockproof, waterproof Peli case. Quick and easy to set up and pack away.

Designed by

Diamedica (UK) Ltd, Grange Hill Industrial Estate, Bratton Fleming, Devon EX31 4UH, United Kingdom

When and where it was tested/implemented

In use in mote than 50 countries worldwide, mainly low-income countries, and utilised by emergency humanitarian relief charities.


Peer-reviewed publication

  • [1]Anaesthesia Intensive Care, 2010, Vo1 38; 1085-1089. The Portable Glostavent ; a new anaesthetic machine for use in difficult situations. R.Tully, R. Eltringham, I.A.Walker, A.J.Bartlett.

World Anaesthesia Newsletter. 2010, Vol 12, No 1. p 27-8 The Diamedica Portable Anaesthetic Machine. Clinical use in Rwanda/Uganda. Isabeau Walker.

  • [2] Anaesthesia International Spring/Summer 2012; 19-22. The Diamedica portable anaesthetic machine: a comparison with the Triservice Apparatus. B.P.Huntley, R. Neighbour, R.J.J. Eltringham.

Other internally generated reports

The Portable Glostavent - access to safe anaesthesia in remote areas. R.Eltringham & R.Neighbour, Appropriate Healthcare Technologies 2010

Externally generated reports

IP and copyright

Approval by regulatory bodies or standards boards

Africa +, Asia +, Australia +  and Europe +
Commercialized +
Maternal mortality +, Road traffic accidents +  and Child mortality +