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To the Editor:—
In the March 6 issue of The Journal, Capt. Robert B. Hope described a holder for the administration of pentothal sodium. We have at our institution a much simpler method which places the anesthetist at the head of the table where he belongs so that he may administer oxygen and further observe the patient. The accompanying diagram tells the nature of the method. There is about 3 feet of narrow gage tubing that fits on the end of a 20 cc. syringe and has an adapter at the other end to take a 22 long needle. This is inserted in the vein and secured there with adhesive tape as noted. The tubing is pinched off when the injection is not being made with an old Kelly clamp, so that there is no backflow of blood into the needle, tubing and syringe. The tubing holds about 3 cc.
Pattenden FJ. METHOD OF ADMINISTERING PENTOTHAL SODIUM. JAMA. 1943;122(3):194. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840200050022
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