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Clinical Communiqué Episode #12: Extubation Crisis

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In this episode we feature two cases of worsening upper airway swelling leading to fatal airway obstruction following routine extubation of patients after surgery. Despite many advances in airway management, extubation-related incidents have not reduced. The cases highlight the actions leading to the loss of airway protection, a failure to recognise the severity of the situation, and an inability to salvage the situation.


We also welcome a new narrator Ashleigh Redmond who is a practising registered nurse and actor. This is Episode Twelve of our podcast series and features material from our June 2023 print edition of the Clinical Communiqué.


Episode Contents

  • 01:48 Editorial by Associate Professor Nicola Cunningham

  • 06:15 Case #1: A fatal toothache by Suzanne Doherty

  • 19:54 Case #2: Pulling teeth and tubes - a cautionary tale by Dr Jack D'Arcy

  • 36:28 Expert Commentary by Dr Louise Ellard: Extubation: An assessment of risk and strategy

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