Temporary pacing before permanent pacing should be avoided unless essential

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7150.79a (Published 04 July 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:79
  1. David J R Hildick-Smith, Specialist registrar.,
  2. Michael C Petch, Consultant cardiologist.
  1. 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 …

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