September 25, 1991

Teaching Intubation Skills Using Newly Deceased Infants

Author Affiliations

Central Middlesex Hospital London, England

Central Middlesex Hospital London, England

JAMA. 1991;266(12):1649-1650. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03470120051027

To the Editor.  —Benfield et al1 discuss an often difficult and emotive subject, that is, the use of newly dead patients for the teaching of clinical skills. They point out that the majority of families (after careful explanation) will consent to their infant's being intubated for teaching purposes. We believe it would be, in most cases, inappropriate for us to do this in our department, where we have little time to establish a relationship with the family, unlike the staff in a neonatal unit. They also show how important it is to consider the feelings of trainees, a feature often forgotten by senior staff.However, it is not only the trainees who need to be considered but also the nursing staff involved in the care of such patients. This was not discussed in the aforementioned article. In this country, it is common for physicians and nurses in the emergency