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October 1950


AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1950;52(4):668-669. doi:10.1001/archotol.1950.00700030692021

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Following is a correction of the last paragraph of Dr. David Davis' discussion of the paper by Dr. John R. Simpson, "Management of Acute Laryngotracheo-bronchitis," which appeared in the December issue of the Archives, page 724.

"Another thing I do, which is probably very unorthodox and which has been criticized, is use an oil in the bronchi. I use Lilly's inhalant no. 31, a refined peanut or sesame oil, containing ephedrine and sodium ethylmercurithio-salicylate (merthiolate®), which is sold as nosedrops. I dip the end of the rubber catheter into this oil before aspirating through the tracheotomy tube, and I am still surprised to see how much further the tube goes with the oil and how easily it slips down the tracheobronchial tree. Often, the suction catheter will bring out some crusts, which would probably cause atelectasis or even death if they were allowed to remain in the bronchi. I even

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