Case 80: An Example of Murphy’s Law

  • John G. Brock-Utne


Today you are in the intensive care unit (ICU) as the attending anesthesiologist. It is late at night. A 17-year-old female has been ventilated for several days, following a motor vehicle accident (MVA). You notice that the patient is now requiring high inflation pressures to maintain her oxygenation. Copious amount of purulent sputum are sucked out of her endotracheal tube (ETT) with minimal improvement in the peak airway pressures.


Endotracheal Tube Motor Vehicle Accident Copious Amount Difficult Intubation Minimal Improvement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John G. Brock-Utne
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  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiaStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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