Published in Healthcare Finance, Tax and Law Weekly, December 8th, 2004
"Airway evaluation in trauma patients is performed immediately upon patient contact, with communication being a vital component to this exam," surgeons in the United States explained. "Language and communication barriers may lead to the unnecessary placement of an artificial airway with resultant patient risk and elevation of health care costs."
With this in mind, M.R. Bard and colleagues at East Carolina University conducted a study "to evaluate potentially preventable intubations in Spanish-speaking patients."
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