Improving Emergency Cricothyroidotomies: Simulation-Based Training for Critical Care Providers

Clayton M. Clark, Brett T. Morgan, Daniel Schmitt, Robert J. Harman, Victoria Goode

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This article discusses skill proficiency of providers related to emergency cricothyroidotomies. Various techniques to improve procedural skills were studied. Accurate identification of the cricothyroid membrane via palpation remained consistently inadequate. High-fidelity simulation including the use of human cadavers may be the preferred method of skill training for crisis management. The authors emphasize that additional research is needed regarding a method for rapid cricothyroid membrane identification as well as needle cricothyroidotomy versus surgical airway on cadavers. More consistent training will enable emergency care providers to perform this rare but lifesaving skill.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-213
Number of pages11
JournalCritical Care Nursing Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2021


  • airway management
  • cadavers
  • cricothyroidotomy
  • difficult airway
  • emergency cricothyroidotomies
  • simulation
  • skill training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care


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