oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - Obstruction of the endotracheal tube by a broken plastic-coated stylet : letters to the editor

Volume 16, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 2220-1181
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1173



Plastic coated stylets form an integral part of the armamentarium of the anaesthesiologist when dealing with the airway. The plastic coating renders the stylet less traumatic and easier to remove from the endotracheal tube. But they are not without their drawbacks. Shearing of the plastic coating of stylets has been reported in the paediatric population. We report the breaking of a plastic coated stylet in an adult.

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