Anesthesia is used in surgery to minimize pain and discomfort for patients. There are four main categories of anesthesia: local, regional, monitored anesthesia care (MAC) and general anesthesia. Surgical procedures that involve anesthesia care may require the use of table accessories like an arm board or ether screen for patient positioning considerations. An arm board supports the patient's arm for the administration of anesthesia through intravenous (IV) fluids. The purpose of an ether screen, or anesthesia screen, is to support a surgical drape to separate the surgical field from the anesthesia field to reduce the risk of contamination.
STERIS surgical table accessories and equipment help to ensure operating tables are appropriately equipped for procedures requiring anesthesia.