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October 3, 1986

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Author Affiliations

Lewis-Gale Clinic, Inc Salem, Va

JAMA. 1986;256(13):1722. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03380130050010

To the Editor.—  The June 6,1986, issue of JAMA contains much valuable information in "Standards and Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC)."1 However, there is an error on page 2941 regarding the dosage of sodium nitroprusside. While the solution is commonly prepared by adding 50 mg to 250 to 1000 mL of dextrose in water as stated, the dose is usually 0.5 to 10 μg/kg/min, with an average of 3 μg/kg/min. We believe it is important to call it to the attention of readers as early as possible to avoid the effects of the larger dose of milligrams.