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Unintentional Intraoperative Extubation

Unintentional Intraoperative Extubation

“When the ETT was slightly withdrawn, the patient was accidentally extubated.”


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Case Context

Patient: middle-aged adult
Presenting diagnosis: degenerative joint disease
Planned procedure: total hip revision
Past medical history: mild aortic stenosis, hypertension
Other pertinent information: npo X 8 hrs except for a sip of water with antihypertensive med; airway examination: no limitations of head or neck, thyromental distance greater than 6 centimeters, Mallampati score of 2; dentition intact; no known history of difficult intubation
Anesthetic plan: general endotracheal anesthesia (placement of an epidural was discussed, but ruled out due to the patient’s history of aortic stenosis 


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