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The video "Emergent Cricothyrotomy Training for Non-Surgeons" reviews two distinct techniques for performing an emergency cricothyrotomy as taught by an otolaryngology surgeon utilizing cadaveric donors. The first method is employable in almost any emergency setting and uses a scalpel, a bougie, and a 6.0 endotracheal tube. The second method uses a cricothyrotomy kit and has a familiar Seldinger technique. The video also reviews more advanced techniques for when the anterior neck anatomy is not easily identifiable. The purpose of this video is to demonstrate these techniques for providers to review at regular intervals to enhance their preparedness and training. It may also serve as an education tool for instructors teaching the technique for the first time.
This video was funded by a Rymer educational grant awarded at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (Caterina Zagona-Prizio, MS III, project lead). We thank the donors and their families for their anatomical gifts, and the administrative staff of the Physical Therapy and Human Body Programs and the State of Colorado Anatomic Board. Video production by Bryan Less and Stephen Hall of CU Productions, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Illustrations by Stefani Wilson.