Letters

Proposed alternatives are incorrect

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6947.124b (Published 09 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:124
  1. Gary Reah,
  2. Ian Sanders
  1. Senior house officer Senior operating department assistant Department of Anaesthesia, Killingbeck Hospital, Leeds LS14 6UQ.

    EDITOR,—James Watt's suggestion that hyperbaric oxygen would have been at least as efficacious as, and less dangerous than, blood transfusion in the management of a man who refused blood products after suffering extensive orthopaedic trauma1 is erroneous. Hyperbaric oxygen cannot be regarded as a practical alternative to blood transfusion to ensure adequate oxygen delivery for any length of time in such patients.

    Oxygen must be given at 3.04×105 kPa to supply the body's total demand in …

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