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EMERGENCY AIRWAY ENCOUNTERS
Year : 2009  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 54-55

Emergency battlefield cricothyrotomy complicated by tube occlusion


1 Transitional Intern, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, 5005 N. Piedras St El Paso, TX 79920, USA
2 Department of Clinical Investigations, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, 5005 N. Piedras St El Paso, TX 79920, USA

Correspondence Address:
Andrew C Gallo
Transitional Intern, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, 5005 N. Piedras St El Paso, TX 79920
USA
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-2700.44686

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Emergency cricothyrotomy is a technique used to secure an otherwise compromised or inaccessible airway and has been recommended for use in the battlefield under certain circumstances. This case reports an acute complication of emergency cricothyrotomy. An Iraqi soldier, injured in an improvised explosive device blast received an emergency battlefield cricothyrotomy. At the Combat Support Hospital, the patient became more difficult to ventilate and was taken to the operating room for tracheostomy. The cricothyrotomy tube was found to be occluded with blood.


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