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Cricothyroidotomies for Difficult Intubations in the Pre-Hospital Setting: Clinical Effectiveness and Guidelines

Published on: March 24, 2016
Project Number: RB0974-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Devices and Systems
Report Type: Summary of Abstracts
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What is the clinical effectiveness of cricothyroidotomies for patients with difficult intubations in the pre-hospital setting?
  2. What are the evidence-based guidelines regarding the performance of cricothyroidotomies for patients with difficult intubations in the pre-hospital setting?
  3. What are the evidence-based guidelines regarding non-surgical airway options for the pre-hospital management of patients with difficult intubations?

Key Message

One meta-analysis, three non-randomized studies, and one evidence-based guideline were identified regarding cricothyroidotomies for patients with difficult intubations in the pre-hospital setting.

Tags

airway management, emergency medical services, intubation, tracheostomy, tracheotomy, respiratory, Transport, cricothyrotomies, cricothyrotomy, out-of-hospital