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  • Published on:
    Ambu Bag – Basic Life Support Saves the Day.
    • Vikas Suri, Doctor
    • Other Contributors:
      • Navneet Sharma,Ashish Bhalla,Sushil Mahi

    Dear Editor

    With reference to the article by Agarwal et al, [1] we would like to bring to your notice a patient of neuroparalytic snake bite who was managed with basic life support and manual ambu-bag ventilation. A 30-year old male was brought to our ER in a gasping state. Due to shallow breathing efforts, immediate endotracheal intubation was carried out and manual ambu-bag ventilations started. The pulse and...

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    Is the patient brain-dead?
    • C.A. Eynon, Director of Neurosciences Intensive Care

    Dear Editor,

    The UK criteria for the diagnosis of brain death[1] would prevent the diagnostic confusion encountered by Agarwal et al.[2] Included in the preconditions, before brainstem testing can proceed, is that the patient’s condition should be due to irremediable brain damage of known aetiology. Whilst this may be immediately apparent such as in massive head injury or intracerebral haemorrhage, for patients wit...

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