We got the back of the machine off and found the part that was leaking. We reconnected it and tried it – still a hissing sound. Now what? Thankfully, we had another machine in our minor procedure room, so David set out to disconnect everything from the machine so it could be worked on, and then reconnect everything to the machine from the MPR. It was a good 1-1.5 hrs of delay, but the 2nd machine worked just fine and we were able to start our cases. Jordan, one of our maintenance guys, was able to fix the problem and we now have 2 functioning machines once again.
As a doctor on the mission field, knowing medicine isn’t all that is required or helpful. Knowing something about power, how to run a generator, and how to take apart anesthesia machines are also quite helpful. I guess, in general, knowing how to fix things is quite helpful, unfortunately, this is not a gift I have. Thankfully, there is a team of us here.