Emerg Med Clin North Am. 1988 Nov;6(4):725-36.


Cricothyroidotomy is a technique used to gain emergency access to the airway through the cricothyroid membrane. Although its use should be reserved for specific circumstances, the procedure is safe and can be performed rapidly. Knowledge of the anatomy of the anterior neck and a specific sequence for performing the cricothyroidotomy generally will result in a good success rate and acceptable complications.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Airway Obstruction / surgery
  • Emergencies
  • Humans
  • Larynx / anatomy & histology
  • Larynx / surgery*
  • Membranes / anatomy & histology
  • Membranes / surgery
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Respiration, Artificial / methods*
  • Surgical Instruments