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Airway Fire 

Airway Fire
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Airway Fire
Author(s):

Ju-Mei Ng

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190226459.003.0023
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date: 19 September 2020

Airway fires during tracheotomy are rare but potentially fatal events, which are preventable. There are many surgical procedures that place the patient at a higher risk for airway fires, identification of those procedures and the associated risk is the first step towards avoiding this deadly complication. In this chapter the fire triad, of which each of the three components is independently necessary for fire to occur is described. Operating room fire safety measures are reviewed, with emphasis on the management of airway fires. The immediate interventions during an airway fire are discussed, together with the dilemma of which method should be used to secure the airway after the endotracheal tube catches fire.

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