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Cricothyroidotomy 

Cricothyroidotomy
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Cricothyroidotomy
Author(s):

Stephen Chapman

, Grace Robinson

, John Stradling

, Sophie West

, and John Wrightson

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198703860.003.0065
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date: 26 October 2021

General points

In some situations of upper airway obstruction or facial trauma, ventilation and tracheal intubation of a patient is impossible. It may therefore be necessary to create an immediate surgical airway below the level of obstruction.

Cricothyroidotomy technique

See Box 65.1 and Fig. 65.1.

Fig. 65.1 Diagram of needle cricothyroidotomy. Reproduced from Wyatt et al. Oxford Handbook of Emergency Medicine 3e, 2006, with permission from Oxford University Press.

Fig. 65.1 Diagram of needle cricothyroidotomy. Reproduced from Wyatt et al. Oxford Handbook of Emergency Medicine 3e, 2006, with permission from Oxford University Press.

Further information

Resuscitation Council UK. Advanced life support provider manual, 6th edn 2011.Find this resource: