Podcast 690: Rectal Oxygen. Nice, - The Emergency Medical Minute

Podcast 690: Rectal Oxygen. Nice,

Contributor: Chris Holmes, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • In the 1700s, boxes lined the River Thames to pump smoke up the rectum to resuscitate people who had been found unconscious in the river
  • Sea cucumbers can extract oxygen through their rectum
  • Perflourocarbon, a liquid that can become oxygenated, provided rectally was able to oxygenate pigs and mice in a recent study


Okabe R, Chen-Yoshikawa T, Yoneyama Y, et al. Mammalian enteral ventilation ameliorates respiratory failure. Clinical and Translational Resource and Technology Insights. 2021;2(6):773-783. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.medj.2021.04.004


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