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Stuff the mannequins

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 31 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:233
  1. Gwen Baxter, research scientist1,
  2. Peter Hutchison, chair, Dumfries and Galloway Research Ethics Committee2,
  3. John Rutherford, consultant anaesthetist1,
  4. Rosie Rutherford, vice-chair, Dumfries and Galloway Research Ethics Committee3
  1. 1Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, Dumfries DG1 4AP
  2. 2Greyfriars Medical Centre, Dumfries DG1 1DL
  3. 3Crichton Hall, Dumfries DG1 4TG
  1. peter.hutchison{at}

    We see two areas of concern in Menzies’s filler article.1 The participants in the study are not the mannequins but the paramedics, so the ethics committee is responsible for considering their role—as well as that of the mannequins.

    Firstly, paramedics might feel a degree of coercion to become involved or fear that their jobs might be …

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