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IRIC safety alert

Safety Action Notice - SAN(SC)20/07

Published on 14 September 2020

From: Health Facilities Scotland

SAN(SC)20/07 - Foreign body aspiration during intubation, advanced airway management or ventilation



Loose items unintentionally introduced into the airway during intubation, ventilation or advanced airway management (known as foreign body aspiration [FBA]) can lead to partial or complete airway blockage or obstruction. If the cause is not identified and rectified, this can be fatal.