Anesthesia Lab

(Beer's Law)

What is Anesthesia?

Anesthesia is a "pain-killing" medicine that is used in many medical fields to either ease pain or prevent pain in the middle of a surgical procedure.

What are the pros of anesthesia?

Anesthesia is amazing in the fact that is allows people to do any surgery without feeling any pain, with little to no side effects.

What are the cons of anesthesia?

Anesthesia, like many other drugs, can kill you if you are given too much. Anesthesia can also be addictive (ex. morphine)

Materials needed and getting started:

In this experiment, Aunt Elda has died during a surgery, and we are trying to figure out if she died from her condition, or from too much anesthesia. We have to use the colorimeter to find the absorbency levels of many different levels of anesthesia and determine her cause of death.

Materials needed: colorimeter, cuvettes, levels of anesthesia (10%, 15%, etc.), and Logger Pro needs to be pulled up.

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Before we start with the graph observation, let's start with the physical observations, the anesthesia solution with more concentration had less light pass through them and are thus darker in color. Now, onto the graph, we can see that the higher the concentration of the substance, the less transmittance there is, from, as we said earlier, the less amount of light passing through as the concentration gets bigger. But, if the transmittance is low and the concentration is high, this means that the liquid with the darker color (bigger concentration) is absorbing more light than letting it pass through.
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How did Aunt Elda die then?

Aunt Elda did not die from her condition, due to the physical observations and calculating the concentration of her anesthesia used by interpolating, we can conclude that she was given too much anesthesia, 56.54% concentration to be exact.