Failed intubation and emergency percutaneous tracheostomy

Anaesthesia. 1998 Jan;53(1):72-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2044.1998.00253.x.


Failed intubation associated with difficulty with ventilation is rare. Cricothyrotomy may provide a means of oxygenating the patient, but in practice it may be difficult to perform and does not establish a definitive airway. We report two patients in whom percutaneous tracheostomy was used as an emergency procedure. In both cases placement was extremely rapid and salvaged the situation, leaving a definitive airway.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Airway Obstruction / surgery*
  • Contraindications
  • Emergencies
  • Humans
  • Intubation, Intratracheal*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Tracheostomy*