In This Issue| Volume 23, ISSUE 2, P10-12, March 2004

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Verification of pediatric endotracheal tube placement

      Pediatric intubation is an emergent procedure fraught with potential complications. Of these complications, esophageal intubation is the most devastating, with the potential for severe hypoxic brain injury and possibly death. Rapid and reliable verification of proper tracheal placement is vital to avoid these adverse outcomes.
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        Toomey syringe aspiration may be inaccurate in detecting esophageal intubation after gastric insufflation.
        J Emerg Med. 2002; 23: 337-340
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      Further reading


        • Grmec S
        Comparison of three different methods to confirm tracheal tube placement.
        Intensive Care Med. 2002; 28: 701-704
        • Hendey GW
        • Shubert GS
        • Shalit M
        • Hogue B
        The esophageal detector bulb in the aeromedical setting.
        J Emerg Med. 2002; 23: 51-55