Percutaneous transtracheal needle insufflation: A useful emergency airway adjunct simply constructed from common items found on your anesthesia cart

Laryngoscope. 2012 May;122(5):1178-80. doi: 10.1002/lary.23236. Epub 2012 Mar 23.


Using material already available in the operating room, we describe the construction and application of a percutaneous transtracheal needle insufflation device to be used in pediatric airway emergencies. Our technique of percutaneous needle insufflation using common materials found in the operating room can be a helpful adjunct in a time of need. Quickly constructed and at a minimal cost, the device can be just one of the many useful tools found in the otolaryngologist's airway armamentarium.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Airway Obstruction / therapy*
  • Anesthesia / methods*
  • Anesthesiology / instrumentation*
  • Child
  • Equipment Design
  • Humans
  • Insufflation / instrumentation*
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / instrumentation*
  • Needles*
  • Respiration, Artificial / methods*