Ultrasound Improves Cricothyrotomy Success in Cadavers With Poorly Defined Neck Anatomy: A Randomized Control Trial

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(Abstracted from Anesthesiology, 123:1033–1041, 2015)

Cricothyrotomy has complication rates ranging from 9% to 40% and can result in a “cannot intubate-cannot oxygenate” situations when the cricothyroid membrane is misidentified, esophageal perforation, subcutaneous emphysema, and hemorrhage owing to improper device insertion. Identification of the cricothyroid membrane with ultrasonography may help to reduce these adverse outcomes.

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