Effect of surgical cricothyrotomy on the unstable cervical spine in a cadaver model of intubation.

@article{Gerling2001EffectOS,
  title={Effect of surgical cricothyrotomy on the unstable cervical spine in a cadaver model of intubation.},
  author={Michael C. Gerling and Daniel P. Davis and Robert S. Hamilton and G F Morris and Gary M. Vilke and Steven Robert Garfin and Stephen R. Hayden},
  journal={The Journal of emergency medicine},
  year={2001},
  volume={20 1},
  pages={
          1-5
        }
}
Cricothyrotomy is indicated for patients who require an immediate airway and in whom orotracheal or nasotracheal intubation is unsuccessful or contraindicated. Cricothyrotomy is considered safe with cervical spine (c-spine) injury; however, the amount of c-spine movement that occurs during the procedure has not been determined. In this experimental study, an established cadaver model of c-spine injury was used to quantify movement during cricothyrotomy. A complete C5--6 transection was… CONTINUE READING

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