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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 39  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 102-104

Absence of capnography from tracheostomy: An indicator of tracheostomy tube dislodgement

1 Department of Anesthesiology, Tri-Service General Hospital and National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan
2 Division of Thoracic Surgery, Armed Forces Taoyuan General Hospital, Taoyuan, Taiwan

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Dr. Yuan-Shiou Huang
Department of Anesthesiology, Tri-Service General Hospital and National Defense Medical Center, No. 325, Section 2, Chenggong Road, Neihu District 114, Taipei
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DOI: 10.4103/jmedsci.jmedsci_134_18

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Tracheostomy is a common artificial airway in the operative room (OR) or intensive care units for maintaining airway patency. Patients with tracheostomy are generally considered with a “secure” airway and would be preoxygenated before anesthesia induction. However, there are some pitfalls for an anesthesiologist when confronting with tracheostomy management. As a crucial component for ventilation, any management of tracheostomy should be conducted prudently. We report a case with tracheostomy presented to OR with loss of capnography but fair oxygen saturation which proved to be tube dislodgement by fiber-optic bronchoscopy timely without further desaturation.

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