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Adsorbent comparisons for anesthetic gas capture in hospital air emissions Part A Toxic/hazardous substances & environmental engineering
- Mehrata, Mina, Moralejo, Carol, Anderson, William A.
- Journal of environmental science and health 2016 v.51 no.10 pp. 805-809
- activated carbon, adsorbents, adsorption, air, ambient temperature, emissions, hospitals, isoflurane, sieves, silica gel, sorption isotherms, volatile compounds, zeolites
- For the development of emission control strategies, activated carbon, zeolite, molecular sieves, and a silica gel were tested for adsorption of the newer anesthetic gases isoflurane, sevoflurane, and desflurane from air. The activated carbon Norit GCA 48 was selected for the best performance, and adsorption isotherms at room temperature were developed for the three anesthetics. Equilibrium capacities for this carbon were in the range of 500 to 1,000 mg g ⁻¹ for these anesthetics at partial pressures ranging from 5 to 45 Torr, with the most volatile compound (desflurane) showing the least favorable adsorption. Activated carbons are therefore suggested for use as effective adsorbents in emission control of these anesthetic gases from hospitals.