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Accidental Tracheal Extubation of a Patient in the Prone Position

Thiel, Dennis MD; Houten, John MD; Wecksell, Matthew MD

doi: 10.1097/ACC.0b013e3182a528aa
Case Reports: Case Report

While undergoing emergency C6-C7 corpectomy and anterior and posterior fusion, our prone patient in whom airway management had been difficult experienced unplanned tracheal extubation. Herein, we describe emergency airway management including reintubation and provide suggestions for airway management in the prone-positioned patient.

From the Department of Anesthesiology, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York, NY.

Accepted for publication June 20, 2013

Matthew Wecksell, MD, is currently affiliated with Department of Anesthesiology, Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, New York, NY.

Funding: No funding.

This report was previously presented, in part, at the American Society of Anesthesiologists 2012, case report poster.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Address correspondence to Matthew Wecksell, MD, Department of Anesthesiology, Westchester Medical Center, 100 woods Rd., Valhalla, NY 10595. Address e-mail to wecksellm@wcmc.com.

© 2014 International Anesthesia Research Society
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