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Monday, October 02, 2006
  I don't believe it
Followers of my blog may have noticed that I have been looking at the research of Professor David Southall of North Staffordshire NHS Trust.

Recently I obtained a leak of the report of Professor Hull into Professor Southall's research at NSNHST. The whole issue is quite complex, but there is part of this report I cannot really believe is written down.

Professor Hull is the same Professor Hull that wrote the report that showed that Beverley Allitt was not responsible for most of the deaths of the patients she was responsible for.

(See this BMJ report)

He has analysed various research projects many of which I am worried about. E5 is the most incredible, however. (and that takes some doing)

E5 involves giving babies with breathing problems Carbon Monoxide to measure their oxygen diffusing capacity.

Now using CO at low concentrations to measure oxygen diffusing is known Eg here

However, it is quite clear that:
5.1 Absolute contraindications to performing a diffusing capacity test are
5.1.1 the presence of carbon monoxide toxicity
5.1.2 dangerous levels of oxyhemoglobin desaturation without supplemental oxygen.


In other words according to the respiratory care journal it should not be given to babies who need extra oxygen (the babies selected for this test).

Now what makes me almost fall off my seat in shock is the following in Professor Hull's hyper secret report:

4.5.1 Were the invesigations safe?

Inert gases. One arm of this investigation was the measurement of pulmonary blood flow using inert gases.


To me the inert gases are Helium, Neon, Argon, Krypton and Xenon, Radon is inert chemically, but not in a nuclear sense. Methane is not really inert, but Carbon Monoxide cannot be described as an inert gas.
 
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