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Breathing Circuit Leak Caused by Breathing Tube Holder: A Case Report

Poonam Kumari

Keywords : Anesthesia, Breathing circuit, Circuit leak, Tube holder

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10045-00201

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 29-03-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; The Author(s).


Breathing circuit leak, obstruction, or misconnects contribute to around 20% of the critical incidents occurring during anesthesia which if not immediately identified may result in serious harm. Circuit damage can occur due to extra-manipulation of the circuit after fixing it inside the tube holder or mishandling of the tube holder with the circuit in situ. Damage to the breathing circuit can be prevented by making the edge of the tube holder groove blunt or by adding some cushion material over the edge of the groove. The anesthesiologist must be vigilant about circuit leaks while administrating anesthesia.

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