FIXATION TAPE: A CAUSE OF FAILURE OF CUFF DEFLATION AND PILOT ASSEMBLY MALFUNCTION

Dr. Ashish Yadav, Dr. Rupali Arora, Dr. Kirti Kamal, Dr. Monika Bhandari, Dr. Savita Saini, Dr. Geeta Ahlawat

Abstract


Kinking of the inflation tube of the endotracheal tube can lead to inadequate inflation or failure of deflation of endotracheal tube cuff. We discuss a case of difficult extubation, due to inadequate deflation of the tracheal tube cuff, despite collapse of the pilot balloon, on its aspiration. This was caused by inadvertent kinking of the pilot balloon tubing due to inappropriate tape fixation of the endotracheal tube.


Keywords


cuff, deflation, fixation, tape, endotracheal tube

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