Thank you very much for giving us the opportunity of replying to a letter to the editor regarding our article. We are also very thankful to Dr Sauerland for his interest in the article as well as the possibility he offers for clarifying a few points that, if he is not an isolated voice, could be open to misinterpretation.
When in March 2001 we submitted the paper to the ARCHIVES, we could not, of course, be aware of the recommendations published last September. We relied instead on the opinion of 2 experts, which read as follows:
Di Bartolomeo S, Sanson G, Scian F, Michelutto V, Lattuada L, Nardi G. Too Much Confidence (Intervals) in Advanced Trauma Life Support?—Reply. Arch Surg. 2002;137(7):867. doi: