Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: In the study by Dr Gausche and
colleagues,1 the age distribution of the
children in the study was too broad to yield valid results. In the study,
73% (608/830) of the patients were in the "younger than 3 years" category.
This heterogeneous group comprises premature infants, neonates, infants, and
toddlers, each of whom have their own age-specific risks. It is also more
difficult to intubate younger children.
Sagel JS. Out-of-Hospital Endotracheal Intubation of Children. JAMA. 2000;283(21):2790-2792. doi:10.1001/jama.283.21.2787