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Ann R Coll Surg Engl. Nov 2001; 83(6): 376–380.
PMCID: PMC2503679
Airway fire during tracheostomy: prevention strategies for surgeons and anaesthetists.
M. L. Rogers, R. W. Nickalls, E. T. Brackenbury, F. D. Salama, M. G. Beattie, and A. G. Perks
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Nottingham City Hospital, Nottingham, UK.
Abstract
Airway fires are an uncommon but real and devastating complication of tracheostomy. One such fire in a 31-year-old man is described. Surgical fires are discussed, and 15 reported cases of tracheostomy fire are reviewed. A tracheostomy protocol, adopted by our department and designed to avoid this life-threatening complication, is described. Surgeons and anaesthetists involved in tracheostomy must understand the fire hazard and how to avoid it.
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