Emergency front of neck access—another victory for ultrasound (?)

By | 09/04/2019

This is another reference list for a talk on ultrasound for emergency cricothyroidotomy given at the fantastic 2019 Critical Care Symposium conference that occurs in Manchester each year. The talk is at the end of the reference list. We’re updating details about our POCUS fellowships too, but until then, please contact us on

Elliott DSJ, Baker PA, Scott MR, Birch CW, Thompson JMD. Accuracy of surface landmark identification for cannula cricothyroidotomy.
Anaesthesia. 2010 Sep;65(9):889–94. Weblink

Gadd K, Wills K, Harle R, Terblanche N.
Relationship between severe obesity and depth to the cricothyroid membrane in third-trimester non-labouring parturients: a prospective observational study.
British journal of anaesthesia. 2018 May;120(5):1033–9. Weblink

Blaivis M, Sama AE.
Ultrasonography in the detection of the cricoid membrane for needle cricothyrotomy.
Acad Emerg Med 2001;8: 579-80 Weblink

Kristensen MS, Teoh WH, Rudolph SS, Tvede MF, Hesselfeldt R, Børglum J, et al.
Structured approach to ultrasound-guided identification of the cricothyroid membrane: a randomized comparison with the palpation method in the morbidly obese.
British journal of anaesthesia. 2015 Jun;114(6):1003–4. Weblink

Siddiqui N, Yu E, Boulis S, You-Ten KE.
Ultrasound Is Superior to Palpation in Identifying the Cricothyroid Membrane in Subjects with Poorly Defined Neck Landmarks: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Anesthesiology. 2018 Dec;129(6):1132–9. Weblink

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