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?" "Six minutes." 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. Frantic...
The full text of this article is available to Discover Magazine subscribers only.
Subscribe and get 10 issues packed with:
- The latest news, theories and developments in the world of science
- Compelling stories and breakthroughs in health, medicine and the mind
- Environmental issues and their relevance to daily life
- Cutting-edge technology and its impact on our future
Already a subscriber? Register now!
Registration is FREE and takes only a few seconds to complete. If you are already registered on DiscoverMagazine.com, please log in.