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Having previously worked on the same health project in Phnom Penh, we
read with interest and amusement Janet Cornwall’s description of her
anatomy lesson (1). We would like to suggest that for her next teaching
session she moves on to consider advanced paediatric life support. It is
well recognised that chicken thighs provide invaluable aids to the
demonstration and practice of intra-osseous needle insertion (2).
Adopting the use of intra-osseous needles in developing countries could
potentially save the lives of many children. The training could then be
followed by a delicious Cambodian meal of chicken and pumpkin stew, served
with rice and some shredded green mango.
1. Cornwall J. An unusual ending to an anatomy lesson. BMJ 2006;
2. Ota FS, Yee LL, Garcia FJ, Grisham JE, Yamamoto LG. Which IO
model best simulates the real thing? Pediatric Emergency Care 2003; 19: