Ventilation and oxygenation after emergency cricothyrotomy: Recommendations for the management of suboptimal invasive airway access

Matthew A. Warner, Hugh M. Smith, Martin D. Zielinski

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Abstract

Invasive airway access by emergent cricothyrotomy remains an essential treatment modality in “can’t intubate/can’t ventilate” scenarios. Although numerous commercial devices are available, limited comparative data exist with regard to the ventilation and oxygenation parameters of these devices. We report a case of severely compromised respiratory function while using the Quicktrach ii, a commercially available emergency cricothyrotomy device. Because of oxygenation and ventilatory insufficiency, our patient required emergent removal of the device and surgical tracheostomy to improve respiratory function. When confronted with a difficult airway, anesthesiologists and surgeons should be aware of commonly encountered cricothyrotomy devices and their potential limitations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication100 Selected Case Reports from Anesthesia and Analgesia
PublisherWolters Kluwer Health
ISBN (Electronic)9781975115333
ISBN (Print)9781975115326
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

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  • Medicine(all)

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    Warner, M. A., Smith, H. M., & Zielinski, M. D. (2018). Ventilation and oxygenation after emergency cricothyrotomy: Recommendations for the management of suboptimal invasive airway access. In 100 Selected Case Reports from Anesthesia and Analgesia Wolters Kluwer Health. https://doi.org/10.1213/XAA.0000000000000388