Obstruction of a breathing circuit : a case report
CITATION: Roelofse, J. A. & Shipton, E. A. 1984. Obstruction of a breathing circuit : a case report. South African Medical Journal, 66:501-502.
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Preventable mishaps resulting from human error contribute to anaesthetic risk, as demonstrated in the case report presented. The incidence of anaesthetic-associated deaths has fallen steadily since 1935, and general anaesthesia is now a very safe procedure, provided the anaesthetist takes the requisite precautions.