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End-tidal CO2 detection during cadaveric ventilation
  1. T J Coats1,
  2. B Morgan2,
  3. C Robinson3,
  4. M Biggs4,
  5. A Adnan5,
  6. G Rutty4
  1. 1Emergency Medicine Academic Group, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
  2. 2Department of Cancer Studies, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
  3. 3Forensic Imaging, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester, UK
  4. 4East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
  5. 5Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr T J Coats, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK; tc61{at}


‘Life like’ end-tidal CO2 production has been reported in frozen cadaver during intubation training. We report the same phenomenon in a non-frozen cadaveric model used to undertake CT postmortem, with the additional findings of an increase in CO2 with chest compressions and an increase in CO2 after a pause in ventilation.

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