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October 14, 1974

Toward Greater Patient Safety

Author Affiliations

Lankenau Hospital Philadelphia

JAMA. 1974;230(2):212. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240020020013

To the Editor.—  Few would dispute that a patient who is liable to cardiac arrest should be at least as safe in the hospital as he is while en route in the ambulance. Unfortunately, there have been several recorded instances of cardiac arrest occurring while the patient was being transported from one part of the hospital to another, eg, from the emergency room to the coronary care unit, without emergency resuscitation equipment being immediately at hand.To meet this contingency, specially constructed stretchers are now available in which the necessary equipment is located underneath. At the Lankenau Hospital, we have designed a "ResusciTable"* that can be placed over the patient's legs as he lies on any standard stretcher (Figure). On the front is mounted an aneroid blood pressure gauge with a large dial. Drugs and small items of equipment are stored in a drawer, which can be opened from either