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Airway Fire in the Operating Room

Airway Fire in the Operating Room

“ …they were in the process of recording vital signs on the anesthetic record when they turned to the patient and noticed a pale-blue ‘bubble’ around the patient’s head, under the drape.”

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Case Context

Patient: adult female Ht: 66 in. Wt: 80 kg
Presenting diagnosis: multiple skin lesions on forehead
Planned procedure: excision and biopsies multiple forehead skin lesions
Past medical history: not provided
Preoperative meds: not provided
Other pertinent details: not provided
Anesthetic plan: monitored anesthesia care (MAC) with midazolam, fentanyl and a propofol infusion titrated to effect 


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