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Intracranial placement of a nasopharyngeal airway in a gun shot victim
  1. David Steinbruner1,
  2. Robert Mazur2,
  3. Peter F Mahoney3
  1. 1Evans Army Community Hospital, Fort Carson, Colorado, USA
  2. 2Winn Army Community Hospital, FortStewart, Georgia, USA
  3. 3Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr P F Mahoney
 Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, ADMEM RCDM Institute of Research and Development, Birmingham Research Park, Vincent Drive, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2SQ, UK;SenLeeCC.ADMEM{at}rcdm.bham.ac.uk

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Further to the review by Roberts et al1 and the letter by Ellis et al,2 we report another case of intracranial placement of a nasopharyngeal airway.

The patient was an adult who had been shot in the head and dumped by the roadside in Baghdad in 2006. The patient was found by a military patrol who gave first aid. The medic on scene noted that the patient was deeply unconscious, had facial injuries and an obstructed airway. A nasopharyngeal airway was placed and rapid transfer undertaken to the US combat support …

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