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Chest. 1988 Apr;93(4):781-4.

Ventilation with the esophageal tracheal combitube in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Promptness and effectiveness.

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Second Department of Medicine, University of Vienna, Austria.


The success of cardiopulmonary resuscitation after cardiac arrest depends not only on the duration of the arrest, but also on the prompt establishment of a patent airway. In this study, we tested the safety and promptness of intubation with esophageal tracheal combitube (ETC) when compared to conventional endotracheal airway. Effectiveness of ventilation via the ETC as shown by blood gas analyses appeared to be comparable to endotracheal airway. Data suggest that the ETC might serve as a useful device during cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

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