"Flames and Resilience: An Ode to Managing Airway Fires"

"Flames and Resilience: An Ode to Managing Airway Fires"
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I asked ChatGPT to do the following:

Please summarise the key points of how to manage an airway fire during anaesthesia, and write a poem about it.

I then asked it to give the poem a title.


Amidst the realm of anesthesia's dance,
Where shadows flicker, a fiery trance.
In the face of flames that dare ignite,
Let wisdom guide us through this daunting plight.
Cease the flow, halt the gas,
Oxygen and vaporizer, let them pass.
Extinguish the fire with gentle care,
Saline-soaked gauze, a cooling prayer.
Secure the airway, disconnect the breath,
Protect the lungs from the fire's wrath.
Call for aid, a team united,
Experienced hands, their skills ignited.
High-flow oxygen, a lifeline true,
To combat the threat of hypoxia's hue.
Assess for injuries, with a gentle touch,
Amidst the chaos, care means so much.
Notify authorities, their wisdom sought,
To ensure the lessons are truly taught.
Document the incident, each step and move,
A testament to learning, for all to improve.
In the face of airway fires' fierce blaze,
Calmness and knowledge guide our ways.
With diligence and skill, we'll overcome,
And protect the lives beneath anesthesia's hum.

Find this question and more in our post about Lasers

What is the immediate management of an airway fire?

  • Turn off the laser
  • Call for help
  • Turn down oxygen and stop ventilation if possible
  • Remove the burnt tube
  • Irrigate with saline or water
  • Facemask ventilate and then re-intubate using room air
  • Bronchoscopy to evaluate degree of injury to airways