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January 18, 1941

"Breathing Machines" and Their Use in Treatment: Report of the Respirators (Poliomyelitis) Committee

JAMA. 1941;116(3):262. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820030084039

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Abstract

A description (nineteen pages) of the various types of respirators now available in Great Britain is followed by a discussion of the clinical experience (sixteen pages) in their use. The incidence of respiratory paralysis from all causes in Britain is given some attention and is followed by a treatise on indications for use of the machines, with their management and the nursing technic involved. The choice and location of apparatus have a place in the report but necessarily are applicable only to Great Britain. The conclusions are especially well written. The authors emphasize that the machines are needed only for prolonged administration of artificial respiration and that they in no way displace the use of manual methods for emergency rescue work. It is suggested that machines be placed strategically in hospitals and the patients brought there, rather than to have the machines taken to the patients. The appendix contains twenty

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