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Confirmation of correct endotracheal tube placement
  1. John J M Black1,
  2. David V Skinner2
  1. 1Fleet Medical Officer, Medical Centre, MY Golden Odyssey, c/o 3802 Rosecrans St, Dpt 487, San Diego, CA 92210, USA
  2. 2Consultant in Accident and Emergency Medicine, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headley Way, Oxford OX3 9DU

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    Editor,—We were disturbed to note from the survey of Florance et al that fewer than 50% of “major” accident and emergency departments in East Anglia report having any facilities for end tidal carbon dioxide (ETCO2) monitoring available for trauma patients.1

    All emergency departments in North America that manage trauma patients routinely keep in their trauma rooms at least a calorimetric device for ETCO2 detection—not to do so would be considered indefensible in the event of …

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