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Doctors should be trained in advanced life support before students are

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 20 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:935
  1. Michelle C White, specialist registrar in anaesthesia (
  1. Cheltenham General Hospital, Cheltenham GL53 7AN

    EDITOR—Phillips and Nolan report on the training of medical students in basic and advanced life support.1 Of course medical students need training, but what about the rest of us? The authors state that many juniors cannot effectively perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and Fielden and Bradbury showed that 83% of surgeons and anaesthetists (from consultant to senior house officer) failed to give defibrillation according to advanced …

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