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June 7, 2000

Out-of-Hospital Endotracheal Intubation of Children

Author Affiliations

Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;283(21):2790-2792. doi:10.1001/jama.283.21.2787

To the Editor: In the study by Dr Gausche and colleagues,1 the age distribution of the children in the study was too broad to yield valid results. In the study, 73% (608/830) of the patients were in the "younger than 3 years" category. This heterogeneous group comprises premature infants, neonates, infants, and toddlers, each of whom have their own age-specific risks. It is also more difficult to intubate younger children.