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Open chest cardiac compression
  1. Julian Kennedy
  1. Department of Accident and Emergency Medicine, Royal Bournemouth Houspital, Castle Lane, Bournemouth BH7 7DW, UK

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    Editor,—I really wonder about the value of Dr Calinas-Correia's1 article on thoracotomy and internal cardiac massage for non-shockable arrested patients. It seems to me that the study only proved the futility of attempting resuscitation this way on these patients. Thoracotomy and internal cardiac massage have a place in the moribund patient with a tamponade and/or penetrating heart wound but this …

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