oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - Airway safety in a tertiary South African hospital and beyond... : SASA 2009 Congress prize entries

Volume 15, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2220-1181
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1173



Management of airway is central to practice of anaesthesia. Failure to maintain adequate gas exchange is catastrophic. ASA Closed Claims Analysis shows 37% of adverse outcomes associated with respiratory events were attributable to anaesthesia. Brain damage occurred in 85% and 72% were considered preventable. Care was considered substandard in 90% of claims associated with inadequate ventilation.

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