A boy is gasping for his life, and the medics' rescue measures have failed
Tom, the other doctor working in the emergency room, listens to the medical-control radio, then barks, "Proceed with rapid sequence intubation."
"How bad?" I ask.
"Sixteen-year-old, asthmaticus. And he's cyanotic."
"How far out?"
It's a common nightmare: A child wakes up suddenly. He feels as though he is drawing breath through a single, slowly collapsing straw. The muscles around his bronchi, the two slender airways that lead into the lungs, are tightening like boas...
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