Temporary pacing before permanent pacing should be avoided unless essentialBMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7150.79a (Published 04 July 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:79
- David J R Hildick-Smith, Specialist registrar.,
- Michael C Petch, Consultant cardiologist.
- Papworth Hospital, Cambridge CB3 0RE
EDITOR—Fitchet and Fitzpatrick report a case of air embolism resulting from a poorly sealed temporary pacing wire,1 but they do not discuss an important point—namely, that insertion of a temporary pacing wire before permanent pacing is hazardous and should be avoided unless essential.2 Insertion of a temporary wire in …