Colour coding: a must for extraglottic airway devices

van Zundert, T.C.R.V., and Brimacombe, J.R. (2010) Colour coding: a must for extraglottic airway devices. Anaesthesia, 65 (8). pp. 865-866.

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We read with interest the recent letters highlighting the problems associated with ambiguous or inaccurate colour coding of gas cylinders [1, 2]. When correctly applied, colour coding plays an important role in avoiding mistakes due to human error [3], as critical information about the device is instantly available. Unfortunately, colour coding has only been introduced for gas cylinders [4], intravenous cannulas and needles [5].We consider that extraglottic airway devices should be added to this woefully short list.

Item ID: 11661
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1365-2044
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Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2010 03:30
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110301 Anaesthesiology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920118 Surgical Methods and Procedures @ 100%
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