Accidental oxygen disconnection in the emergency department

Guyon J. Hill, Bruce D. Adams

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Accidental oxygen disconnection during rapid sequence intubation (RSI) in the emergency department is a potentially catastrophic yet avoidable event. We report three cases of inadvertent oxygen disconnection during RSI, which resulted in significant oxygen desaturation. This error can potentially be prevented by thorough preparation, focusing on teamwork training, ensuring an ergonomic environment, and by making simple modifications to existing equipment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-186
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Emergencies, Trauma and Shock
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 1 2010


  • Airway management
  • Bag-valve mask
  • Breathing
  • Hypoxia
  • Intubation
  • Oxygen
  • Safety
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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