oa South African Family Practice - Cricothyroidotomy in emergency practice : two case reports : case study
Extracted from text ... SA Fam Pract 2005;47(6) 51 Introduction Establishing a patent airway is of vital importance in the critically ill or injured patient. This is routinely accomplished by rapid sequence oral-tracheal intubation.1The failure to intubate and ventilate a patient is often unpredictable and is a rare and frightening situation. Rapid and successful cricothyroidotomy is one of the important rescue measures under such circumstances.2 Reluc-tance to perform this procedure may lead to repeated unsuccessful attempts at oral-tracheal intubation and inadvertently, to hypoxia and subsequent brain damage or mortality. The skill to perform this procedure is thus essential for all Emergency Physicians.3 Competence in ..
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