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Foot length, an accurate predictor of nasotracheal tube length in neonates
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  • Published on:
    Suprasternal palpation-a simple method for emergency placement of endotracheal tube in neonates

    Dear Editor,

    We read the recent article by Embleton et al with interest.[1] We accept their conclusion that foot length is an accurate predictor of nasotracheal tube length in neonates, and is at least as accurate as the conventional weight based estimation. We however wish to point out that palpation of the tip of the endotracheal tube (ETT) in the suprasternal fossa continues to provide the simplest means to ens...

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    None declared.
  • Published on:
    Foot length and neonatal intubation

    Dear Editor

    We were interested to read Embleton et al's study in which they presented a well researched argument for using foot length as a predictor of nasotracheal tube length in neonates [1]. While we do not doubt the accuracy of this method we question some of the intubation techniques described, particularly in an emergency situation.

    It is generally recommended that emergency intubation should be or...

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    None declared.
  • Published on:
    Embryological and evolutionary considerations may help identify new predictors of visceral dimension
    • EC Jesudason, Specialist Registrar in Paediatric Surgery
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      • "PD Losty, DA Lloyd"

    Dear Editors

    The study by Embleton et al. (Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed 2001;85:F60-F64) highlights the difficulty estimating nasotracheal tube length in neonates and provides foot length as a potentially useful surrogate measurement. Evolutionary and embryological insights may explain why these lengths are correlated.

    Lung-based gas exchange and limb-dependent locomotion may be appreciated as adap...

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    None declared.