…in the punchbowl


Oxygen is bad for you

Filed under: medicine — Matt @ 12:30

At least, it appears to be if you’ve had a massive heart attack.



  1. This was really interesting. Thanks for throwing it in your punchbowl.

    Comment by david — 2007.05.03 @ 9:45

  2. Interesting-as-hell case in point. A good doctor friend of mine, 2 weeks ago, in our very ER, had a patient who came in asystolic, multiple rounds of ACLS (shocks, drugs, etc) couldn’t restart his ticker. 4 ultrasounds showed ZERO cardiac activity. Bereft family comforted, patient in viewing room x 5 hours, cold and dead and family long since gone home. The dude started breathing again. Normal sinus rhythm. Moved to the ICU. Woke up. Went. Freaking. Home.

    5 hours dead, and now not. I have no explanation, none.

    I’ll blog on my own space about this in more detail. I just thought it fit here.

    Comment by Erica — 2007.05.03 @ 11:02

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