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August 5, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(6):458-459. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740310042019

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The Treatment of Accidental Asphyxiation  The city of Paris has a well organized fire department. Calls may be turned in from private telephones or from any one of the many special boxes located in the streets. These street boxes are now to be used also in summoning aid from a new service created to aid persons who have become accidentally asphyxiated by carbon monoxide, electrical shock, hanging and submersion; that is, persons discovered apparently dead, except cases resulting from disease or traumatism. In response to such calls, an ambulance is sent out with special equipment and one or two members of the special service of the prefecture of police, trained in the treatment of asphyxiation: artificial respiration by the Schäfer method; use of the inhalator mask, with a pouch containing oxygen and a 5 per cent admixture of carbon dioxide; and, finally, the vehicle to transport the victim to a

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