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About Al'ai Alvarez

Assistant Residency Program Director
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine
Palo Alto, CA
3 02, 2019

IDEA Series: A Low-fidelity Simulation Workshop for Teaching Cricothyroidotomy

2019-02-04T17:00:43+00:00

The Problem

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Cricothyroidotomy is an emergency life-saving procedure that involves surgical placement of a tube through the cricothyroid membrane in order to establish a patent airway for oxygenation and ventilation. The indications for this procedure are when traditional means, such as orotracheal or nasotracheal intubation, are contraindicated or have failed during attempts to establish an emergency airway.1,2 It is a critical skill for emergency physicians but the declining rate of this procedure has resulted in decreased exposure during training.3,4

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