Letters BMJ Christmas appeal

Lifebox replies to Gøtzsche

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e417 (Published 17 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e417
  1. Atul Gawande, surgeon1, associate professor of surgery2, lead adviser3
  1. 1Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, USA
  2. 2Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
  3. 3WHO Safe Surgery Saves Lives programme
  1. agawande{at}partners.org

Gøtzsche’s argument that pulse oximetry provides no benefit is fundamentally flawed. No anaesthesiology department in the world would forgo pulse oximetry.1 2 It forms an essential part of the measures that have improved the safety of anaesthesia in the past two decades, and every anaesthesiologist has an experience where oximetry …

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