Emerg Med J 20:109 doi:10.1136/emj.20.1.109
  • Letter

Use of cut endotracheal tubes should be avoided in the initial resuscitation of the burned patient

  1. M A Gillies,
  2. S Krone,
  3. K Sim
  1. Department of Anaesthesia, Queen Victoria Hospital, Holtye Road, East Grinstead, Sussex
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr M A Gillies;

    The use of cut endotracheal tubes is already a contentious issue amongst anaesthetists.1 We wish to point out a potentially life threatening hazard when they are used in the emergency department during the initial resuscitation of the thermally injured patient.

    Often these patients are intubated early if there is any …