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    The ETT is left in after the death of a patient. Just curious as to first whether this is true (in all cases?) and secondly why?

    Is it left in so during autopsy the positioning can be checked? Or for some other reason?

    Thanks, just seen it being left in on a lot of TV hospital dramas, just wondering what the basis behind it is =]
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    (Original post by Shayke)
    The ETT is left in after the death of a patient. Just curious as to first whether this is true (in all cases?) and secondly why?

    Is it left in so during autopsy the positioning can be checked? Or for some other reason?

    Thanks, just seen it being left in on a lot of TV hospital dramas, just wondering what the basis behind it is =]
    If death is refered to coroner all invasive devices (inluding cannulae) need to be left in situ. Just in case some problem with any of those devices contributed to the couse of death.
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    (Original post by belis)
    If death is refered to coroner all invasive devices (inluding cannulae) need to be left in situ. Just in case some problem with any of those devices contributed to the couse of death.
    I see, thought as much - thanks!
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    But, they can (usually in the case of children) be cut at the teeth for a better aesthetic effect.
 
 
 
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