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January 9, 1943


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Augusta, Ga.

JAMA. 1943;121(2):147. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840020055018

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To the Editor:—  With regard to resuscitation of the newborn, almost all students of the subject advocate tracheal intubation. This is a simple operation if the proper directions are followed.First, one needs a semirigid catheter of latex or some similar substance of approximate size F. 12. The tracheal end preferably should be beveled and all surfaces emery papered smooth. Its length of about 8 inches has been found satisfactory. For the past several years, students of the University of Georgia School of Medicine have been taught tracheal intubation by practice on a recently delivered stillborn infant. The technic is so simple that each of a class of forty is able to intubate the trachea during a one hour period. This includes exposure of the trachea by direct laryngoscopy with an electric lighted infant laryngoscope, of which several inexpensive models are on the market. With the epiglottis held anteriorly by

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