Cricothyroid Approach for Emergency Access to the Airway

Alejandro Bribriesco, G. Alexander Patterson

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Airway emergencies are life-threatening events that face providers of many different backgrounds. In cannot-intubate-cannot-ventilate situations, emergent access to the airway can be obtained through the cricothyroid membrane by cricothyroidotomy. The 3 main techniques are open, percutaneous, and needle cricothyroidotomy. To date, there is no compelling evidence demonstrating superiority of a particular approach. Ultimately, the method used for cricothyroidotomy should be based on the comfort and experience of the provider performing the procedure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)435-440
Number of pages6
JournalThoracic surgery clinics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 2018


  • Airway emergency
  • Cricothyroidotomy
  • Cricothyrotomy surgical airway


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