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Anaesthesia. 2005 Feb;60(2):168-71.

Failed tracheal intubation in obstetrics: no more frequent but still managed badly.

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Department of Anaesthesia, Royal Surrey County Hospital, Egerton Road, Guildford GU2 7XX, UK.


In the South-West Thames region of the United Kingdom, during a 5-year period from 1999 to 2003, there were 20 failed tracheal intubations occurring in 4768 obstetric general anaesthetics (incidence 1 : 238). In half of the 16 cases for which the patient's notes could be examined there was a failure to follow an accepted protocol for failed tracheal intubation.

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