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.
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.
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