oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - Cricoid pressure revisited : refresher course

Volume 17, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2220-1181
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1173



Application of cricoid pressure has been considered an important part of rapid sequence induction (RSI) of anaesthesia and is standard textbook teaching. The aim is to prevent regurgitation of gastric contents into the oesophagus and their aspiration into the respiratory tract. Application of cricoid pressure is supposed to compress the oesophagus between the cricoid cartilage and the vertebral body. An effective cricoid pressure is in the range of 30-40 N.

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