R. J. LEWIS, M.A., B.M., B.CH.
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To the editor: Sadly, a whole page of correspondence in the August issue of the ANNALS is devoted to advocating the second best (Mask vs Intubation in Resuscitation).
If house officers cannot intubate reliably, then it is deplorable. A fraction of the time spent by students assembling intravenous infusions, for example, could allow them to learn efficient endotracheal intubation in the anesthetic room or morgue. As an ancillary benefit the incidence of iatrogenic fluid overload and sepsis would plummet.
LEWIS RJ. Endotracheal Intubation. Ann Intern Med. ;73:856. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-73-5-856_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;73(5):856.
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