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Cricothyroidotomy in the emergency setting: indications, techniques and outcomes

  • Federico Mazza1
  • Massimiliano Venturino1
  • Davide Turello1
  • Alberto Gorla1
  • Cristina Degiovanni2
  • Alessandro Locatelli2
  • Giulio Melloni1

1Department of Thoracic Surgery, A.O. S. Croce e Carle, 12100 Cuneo, Italy

2Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, A.O. S. Croce e Carle, 12100 Cuneo, Italy

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2021.063 Vol.17,Issue 3,May 2021 pp.31-41

Submitted: 26 January 2021 Accepted: 04 March 2021

Published: 08 May 2021

*Corresponding Author(s): Giulio Melloni E-mail:


Cricothyroidotomy is a lifesaving procedure performed in acute respiratory failure secondary to upper airway obstruction to restore a patent airway. Emergency cricothyroidotomy is considered to be the technique of choice to provide oxygenation to patients in “Can’t Intubate, Can’t Oxygenate” (CICO) scenario. In this study, we describe and discuss indications, different techniques and complications of cricothyroidotomy performed for establishing an airway in the emergency setting from a multidisciplinary point of view.


Cricothyroidotomy; Emergency; Airway; CICO

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Federico Mazza,Massimiliano Venturino,Davide Turello,Alberto Gorla,Cristina Degiovanni,Alessandro Locatelli,Giulio Melloni. Cricothyroidotomy in the emergency setting: indications, techniques and outcomes. Signa Vitae. 2021. 17(3);31-41.


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