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Comment & Response
March 7, 2017

Time-Interval Data in a Pediatric In-Hospital Resuscitation Study

Author Affiliations
  • 1Prometric, Seattle, Washington
JAMA. 2017;317(9):973. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.21138

To the Editor Dr Andersen and colleagues reported that tracheal intubation vs no intubation among children with in-hospital cardiac arrest was associated with decreased survival.1 The data were drawn from the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines—Resuscitation (GWTG-R) registry. However, the time-interval data were of poor quality.

Figure 2 in the article shows that 7% of the intubations were recorded as having occurred at 0 minutes. The authors explained that 0 minutes meant within 60 seconds of the start of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but that does not seem plausible.2

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