Cricoid pressure: teaching the recommended level.

  title={Cricoid pressure: teaching the recommended level.},
  author={N. H. Herman and Bradley S Carter and T K Van Decar},
  journal={Anesthesia and analgesia},
  volume={83 4},
The Sellick maneuver or cricoid pressure is an effective means of preventing passive aspiration of gastric contents. Recent studies recommend a pressure of 20 newtons (N) when the patient is awake, increasing to 30-40 N with unconsciousness. This study was proposed to determine whether with education and practice, anesthesia providers and assistants could be taught a recommended cricoid pressure and retain this skill. Cricoid force was measured using a life-size laryngotracheal model on a… CONTINUE READING
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