Strategy of descent is not without risk

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7001.391a (Published 05 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:391
  1. Edward J Hammond
  1. Senior house officer Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics, Oxford Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU

    EDITOR,--Some practical issues need to be considered in the debate on how best to treat a tension pneumothorax occurring during an aircraft flight.1 The altitude at which the pneumothorax occurred is not stated. Although the aircraft was cruising at 10000 m, D R Farquhar-Thomson and T Skinner fail to note that the cabin pressure there is the …

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