December 16, 1916

The Ventilation of Operating Rooms

JAMA. 1916;LXVII(25):1866. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590250068032

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To the Editor:  —I was rather surprised to note in The Journal, Dec. 2, 1916, p. 1688, the statement made by Dr. E. P. S. Miller of Chicago in commenting on the lack of ventilation in operating rooms:"When you consider the amount of fresh air that is necessary to keep the carbon dioxid below the safety limit, it is strange that more patients do not succumb."This is not in line with modern ideas relative to ventilation. It is quite possible that proper attention is not given to the ventilation of operating rooms, but Dr. Miller does not cover the chief argument against present conditions.

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