Table 4

Data associated with 20 incidents of breathing circuit disconnections during mechanically controlled ventilation

Location of circuit
    Endotracheal tube connection15
    Other5
Time of day
    Day10
    Night1
    Not recorded9
Anesthesia stage
    Beginning1
    Middle18
    Not recorded1
Consequence to patient
    Death2
    Arrest3
    Hypoxia5
    None10
Associated factors
    Visual restriction5
    Fatigue3
    Distraction3
    Unfamiliarity with equipment3
Surgical procedure
    Gastrointestinal6
    Urologic4
    Neurologic3
    Not recorded5
    Other2