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Type: Journal article
Title: Anaesthetic breathing circuit obstruction due to blockage of tracheal tube connector by a foreign body - two cases
Author: Foreman, M. J.
Moyes, Donald George
Citation: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, 1999; 27 (1):73-75
Publisher: Australian Society of Anaesthetists
Issue Date: 1999
ISSN: 0310-057X
School/Discipline: School of Medicine : Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
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M.J. Foreman, D. G. Moyes
Abstract: Two cases are presented which illustrate the disastrous consequences possible when an anaesthetic breathing circuit is obstructed by a foreign body. Despite reports of previous similar cases, work practices and equipment manufacture or design continue to allow for such events to occur. The importance of both pre-anaesthetic testing of the entire circuit including attachments such as the tracheal tube connector and filters, and the removal of these parts should obstruction occur, is emphasised. Use of “clear” transparent breathing circuit components and opaque or brightly coloured packaging and caps which could potentially cause obstruction should decrease the incidence and facilitate the diagnosis of this problem.
Keywords: techniques; equipment; breathing circuit; tracheal tube; complications; obstruction; foreign body; tracheal tube connector; crisis management
Description: Publisher's copy made available with the permission of the publisher
© 1999 Australian Society of Anaesthetists
Published version: http://www.aaic.net.au/Article.asp?D=1998259
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