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Prehospital intubation for patients with severe head injury: More is not necessarily better

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 May 2015

Claude Topping*
Affiliation:
Faculty of Medicine, Laval University Quebec City, Que.
James Ducharme
Affiliation:
Department of Emergency Medicine, Dalhousie University; Department of Emergency Medicine, Saint John Regional Hospital, Saint John, NB
*
CCFP(EM) Program Director, Faculty of Medicine, Laval University, Quebec City QC G1K 7P4; fax 418 656-5252, claude.topping@mfa.ulaval.ca

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Education • Éducation
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Copyright © Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians 2006

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