Cricothyroidotomy: elective use in respiratory problems requiring tracheotomy.

@article{Brantigan1976CricothyroidotomyEU,
  title={Cricothyroidotomy: elective use in respiratory problems requiring tracheotomy.},
  author={Charles O Brantigan and J B Grow},
  journal={The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery},
  year={1976},
  volume={71 1},
  pages={72-81}
}
Surgical teachings insist that cricothyroidotomy should be performed only under emergency conditions as a temporary means of securing an airway. Subsequent subglottic stenosis is thought to occur in alarming numbers of patients intubated for any length of time. The incidence of complications associated with cricothyroidotomy has not been critically examined since Jackson's classic paper in 1921, condemning the operation. A total of 655 patients with cricothyroidotomy tubes in place from hours… CONTINUE READING

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