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To the Editor:—
Cardiac massage has become an accepted emergency procedure for use in indicated cases on the hospital floor and emergency room as well as in the surgery suite. Unfortunately the necessary equipment is not as readily available as in the operating room, and the time spent accumulating it can spell the difference between success and failure. Because of this, I have devised a simple and inexpensive poster that can be tacked in an unobtrusive location on each floor of the hospital (see figure). The 22-x-16 in. poster contains brief directions and a diagram of the chest wall illustrating the site of incision. In the lower right corner in sterilized syringe bags are a large surgical knife and a plastic airway.
Carmichael LP. CARDIAC EMERGENCY. JAMA. 1959;169(2):176. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03000190078020
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