Emergency cricothyrotomy

Mil Med. 2003 Jul;168(7):541-4.


Emergency cricothyrotomy is a potentially lifesaving surgical procedure used to gain prompt access to an otherwise compromised and inaccessible airway. The purpose of this photoessay is to demonstrate the technique of the procedure in a step-by-step manner so that the physician can perform this intervention with ease and facility in the most stressful of circumstances.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Airway Obstruction / surgery*
  • Clinical Competence
  • Cricoid Cartilage / surgery*
  • Emergency Treatment / instrumentation
  • Emergency Treatment / methods*
  • Humans
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / instrumentation
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / methods*
  • Palpation / methods
  • Tracheotomy / instrumentation
  • Tracheotomy / methods*