Intubating Stillborns

Intubating Stillborns

Nicholas J Rotondo, MD, ACS, ACOG

Winter 2007 - Volume 11 Number 1

It is perhaps the greatest tragedy of her life--that unknown woman down the hall whose lifeless issue lies before him on the workroom sink-board. She is only beginning to grieve and he is so heartless as to use her baby as a learning tool.

His obstetrics work schedule is a simple one--24 hours on, 24 off, with a single weekend of rest each month. Even when off-duty, the news of any stillbirth is immediately conveyed to the house staff's sleeping quarters. His specialty training mandates that the experience of at least 20 intubations hang from his belt before departing this teaching hospital to face the world.

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