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Four difficult questions

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 23 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:0

Some difficult questions for you.

Firstly, if you walked into an operating theatre and somebody asked you to defibrillate a patient could you? This is what happened to 23surgeons and 25anaesthetists, and most (83%) failed to defibrillate according to advanced life support protocols (p 232). Four candidates failed to turn on the defibrillator. The authors of the study think that all doctors in theatre who might operate alone should be competent in advanced life support.

Secondly, what would you do if you saw on the face of a 50year …

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