Emergency battlefield cricothyrotomy

Macdonald, John C.; Tien, Homer C.N.
April 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;4/22/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 9, p1113
Academic Journal
Case Study
The article presents a case study on emergency cricothyrotomy in the battlefield and its significance in civilian settings in Canada. The authors outline the case of an Afghan man critically injured after a blast from an improvised explosive device, wherein a medic performed an open surgical cricothyrotomy to secure the man's airway. They outline the procedure and discuss its application in civilian emergencies.


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