Ultrasound Evaluation of the Impact of Cricoid Pressure Versus Novel ‘Paralaryngeal Pressure’ on Anteroposterior Oesophageal Diameter

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(Abstracted from Anaesthesia, 71(9):1024–1029, 2016)The 5-decade-old Sellick maneuver or cricoid pressure (CP) has been used to prevent the regurgitation of gastric contents during rapid sequence induction of general anaesthesia. Continued regurgitation in some cases despite its use has led to questions regarding the efficacy of CP, especially in the face of its interference with important aspects of airway management.

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