PMID: 7090723Jan 1, 1982Paper

Can inhaled anesthetics influence the breath analyser Alcotest?

Acta anaesthesiologica Belgica
G VerheeckeE Moerman


An in vitro study was made to verify whether anesthetic vapours, exhaled after anesthesia can influence the breath analyser test used in Belgium by the prosecuting authorities. Of the exhaled anesthetic vapours halothane, enflurane, methoxyflurane and diethyl ether, only diethyl ether will be able to produce a positive breath test.

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