Surgical Cricothyrotomy, Rather than Percutaneous Cricothyrotomy, in “Cannot Intubate, Cannot Oxygenate” Situation

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(Anesthesiology. 2016;125(2):269–271)

Cricothyrotomy, surgical or percutaneous, is carried out as a final option in the event of “cannot intubate, cannot oxygenate” (CICO) following induction of general anesthesia. The most reliable method of cricothyrotomy is unknown, however, due to the absence of randomized controlled studies. In addition, most medical professionals lack experience in performing this procedure as it is seldom necessitated.

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