Cricoid Pressure Controversies: Narrative Review


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Abstract

(Abstracted from Anesthesiology, 126(4):738–752, 2017)This narrative review summarizes and addresses the effectiveness, controversies, and potential complications associated with the use of cricoid pressure (CP) in clinical practice. B. A. Sellick, who devised this maneuver in 1961, demonstrated that firm CP on a cadaver prevented stomach contents being regurgitated to the pharynx even with prior stomach distension (with water) and maintaining the steep Trendelenburg tilt.

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