Teaching Intubation Skills Using Newly Deceased Infants

Mitchel B. Sosis, MD, PhD; Ladd Shaner, SRNA
JAMA. 1991;266(12):1650-1651. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03470120051030.
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To the Editor.  —Benfield et al1 recently described the use of newly dead infants for teaching the techniques of tracheal intubation to medical personnel. They stated that they were able to obtain consent for the procedure from the bereaved families in 80% of cases; however, certain families expressed negative feelings about the proposed procedure. Also, some of the individuals who were practicing the intubations reported feeling uncomfortable about this experience afterward. They expressed doubts regarding respect for the body of the newly dead infant and apprehension and misgivings about their participation in this practice.The practice of anesthesiology provides an excellent opportunity for learning the techniques for ventilation of the lungs, intubation of the trachea, and the pharmacology of the medications necessary for these interventions for medical professionals who have previously only practiced tracheal intubation on mannequins. Any busy hospital operating room is likely to have many patients who


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