ANESTHESIA & BEERS LAW LAB

Paul Otterson.

REASONS FOR DOING THIS LAB

This was a lab designed to find the effects of Anesthesia. we had a scenario in which Aunt E had to go into the hospital and be treated while under anesthesia. She died during treatment. We needed to figure out if she had died from the anesthesia or another cause.

SET UP

We used a colorimeter to measure the absorption of light in the concentrations. the absorption should have been linear based on the concentration of the anesthesia. this is called Beers Law. It is true for all solutions. The concentration directly varies the amount of light absoption. We used this law with the colorimeter to find out which concentration was which.

We used Logger Pro to fing the data for the Absorbtion rates, which were linear. this would determine if the dose of Anastesia was lethal or not.

Conclusion.

we tested the concentrations of the stand in dyed water to see if the dose was lethal of not. A lethal dose is roughly 60% Anesthesia. Aunt E recieved a concentration of roughly 50%. therefore, She couldn't have died from the anesthesia, or so we thought. It's possible that even though she did not have a lethal dose, the slowed brain function could have been in conjunction with her old age. It's possible that her age was not factored in while the doseage was applied.