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

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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Pushing the Boundaries of POCUS—beyond the heart & lungs

This is a reference list for a talk 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

Hansen HC, Helmke K.
Validation of the optic nerve sheath response to changing cerebrospinal fluid pressure: ultrasound findings during intrathecal infusion tests.
J Neurosurg.; 1997 Jul;87(1):34–40. Weblink

Blaivas M, Theodoro D, Sierzenski PR.
Elevated intracranial pressure detected by bedside emergency ultrasonography of the optic nerve sheath.
Acad Emerg Med. 2003 Apr;10(4):376–81. Weblink

Ultrasonographic optic nerve sheath diameter to detect increased intracranial pressure in adults:a meta-analysis. Acta radiologica 2019 Feb;60(2):221–9. Weblink

Sargsyan AE, Hamilton DR, Melton SL, Amponsah D, Marshall NE, Dulchavsky SA.Ultrasonic evaluation of pupillary light reflex.
Crit Ultrasound J. 2009;1(2):53–7. Webink

Van de Putte P, Perlas A.
Ultrasound assessment of gastric content and volume.British journal of anaesthesia. 2014 Jul;113(1):12–22. Weblink

Not forgetting the fantastic www.gastricultrasound.org as well to learn how to undertake volumetric gastric ultrasound

Ultrasound for Lower Extremity Deep Venous Thrombosis: Multidisciplinary Recommendations From the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound Consensus Conference.Circulation 2018 Apr 3;137(14):1505–15. Weblink

Ferrari G, De Filippi G, Elia F, Panero F, Volpicelli G, Aprà F. Diaphragm ultrasound as a new index of discontinuation from mechanical ventilation.
Crit Ultrasound J. Springer; 2014;6(1):8. Weblink

A narrative review of diaphragm ultrasound to predict weaning from mechanical ventilation: where are we and where are we heading?Peter Turton, Sondus ALAidarous and Ingeborg Welters
The Ultrasound Journal 2019 11:2 Weblink

Vetrugno L, Guadagnin GM, Barbariol F, Langiano N, Zangrillo A, Bove T. Ultrasound Imaging for Diaphragm Dysfunction: A Narrative Literature Review. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2019 Jan 4. Weblink

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