So I have a fantasy society with very roughly 1830s technology. I'm fine with that, and I know how their medicine works. The thing is they're in contact with a much more modern society that's convinced them to start trials runs of aseptic technique and anesthesia instead of relying on the will of the gods to keep surgery patients alive. I need to know what can be done without an electrical grid, and what equipment can and can't fit through a five foot diameter magical portal.
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So there are a few ways you could run some anesthesia between worlds.
Things that require no power, ever, except possibly to make:
- Disposable materials including scalpels
- Actual literal doctors to do the training
- Concepts like germ theory, surgical time-outs, etc.
- Diagrams, textbooks, charts, journals, data
- Airway equipment (laryngoscopes, ET tubes, etc.)
- IV supplies
- Medications (not those that need refrigerated though)
- Non-powered beds for positioning
Things that require power but can be run on batteries:
- Cardiac monitors / defibrillators
- IV Pumps
Things that can power things that require power but can be run on batteries:
Things that would be nice but require power:
- Anesthesia machine
- Powered beds
They’ll want to do surgery in a room with a high window that faces the sun (light is a Big Deal™ during surgery). They’ll also want that room to be clean (and easy-TO-clean), equipment for washing hands, and more.
Also remember that it’s not just tools and technology that your advanced society brings with them. Surgical techniques have improved A LOT. They’ll have a great deal to teach.
Just don’t forget that this kind of thing can breed some significant arrogance in the more modern side, too, and not everyone is willing to meet people where they are. I can see a HUGE fight going on over something as simple as handwashing.
Best of luck withy our story!!