Airway fire during tracheostomy: prevention strategies for surgeons and anaesthetists.

  title={Airway fire during tracheostomy: prevention strategies for surgeons and anaesthetists.},
  author={Maegan L Rogers and Richard W. D. Nickalls and Edward T Brackenbury and Fayek D Salama and M G Beattie and Anthony Graeme Bowman Perks},
  journal={Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England},
  volume={83 6},
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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