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L V Duggan, S L Lockhart, T M Cook, E P O'Sullivan, T Dare, P A Baker
In this exploratory study we describe the utility of smartphone technology for anonymous retrospective observational data collection of emergency front-of-neck airway management. The medical community continues to debate the optimal technique for emergency front-of-neck airway management. Although individual clinicians infrequently perform this procedure, hundreds are performed annually worldwide. Ubiquitous smartphone technology and internet connectivity have created the opportunity to collect these data. We created the 'Airway App', a smartphone application to capture the experiences of healthcare providers involved in emergency front-of-neck airway procedures...
March 13, 2018: Anaesthesia
Bernar Tan Wen Sheng, Patrick Wong, Constance Teo Ee Hoon
INTRODUCTION: Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis results in hoarseness, stridor and airway obstruction. Management is surgical, with most surgeons using microdebrider or laser. Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) has been successfully utilised for the excision of oropharyngeal malignancies and paediatric airway surgery. This is the first case report of TORS being used for the excision of laryngeal papillomas. CASE REPORT: A 36 year old Chinese female was diagnosed with juvenile onset recurrent respiratory papillomatosis...
March 3, 2018: American Journal of Otolaryngology
Tarsh Pandit, Robin Ray, Sabe Sabesan
The aim of the study was to determine the training needs of doctors managing emergencies in rural and remote Australia. A systematic review of Australian articles was performed using MEDLINE (OVID) and INFORMIT online databases from 1990 to 2016. The search terms included 'Rural Health', 'Emergency Medicine', 'Emergency Medical Services', 'Education, Medical, Continuing' and 'Family Practice'. Only peer-reviewed articles, available in full-text that focussed on the training needs of rural doctors were reviewed...
February 22, 2018: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
Hiromu Okano, Kohji Uzawa, Kunitaro Watanabe, Akira Motoyasu, Joho Tokumine, Alan Kawarai Lefor, Tomoko Yorozu
BACKGROUND: Surgical cricothyroidotomy is considered to be the last resort for management of the difficult airway. A major point for a successful surgical cricothyroidotomy is to identify the location of the cricothyroid membrane. CASE PRESENTATION: We encountered a patient with progressive respiratory distress who was anticipated to have a difficult airway due to a large neck abscess. We prepared for both awake intubation and surgical cricothyroidotomy. The cricothyroid membrane could not be identified by palpation, but was readily identified using ultrasound...
February 8, 2018: BMC Emergency Medicine
Cyprian Mendonca, Imran Ahmad, Achuthapillai Sajayan, Rathinavel Shanmugam, Manu Sharma, Will Tosh, Emily Pallister, Peter K Kimani
Background and Aims: Emergency front of neck access (FONA) is the final step in a Can't Intubate-Can't Oxygenate (CICO) scenario. In view of maintaining simplicity and promoting standardized training, the 2015 Difficult Airway Society guidelines recommend surgical cricothyroidotomy using scalpel, bougie, and tube (SBT) as the preferred technique. Material and Methods: We undertook a survey over a 2-week period to evaluate the knowledge and training, preferred rescue technique, and confidence in performing the SBT technique...
October 2017: Journal of Anaesthesiology, Clinical Pharmacology
Daniel Bainbridge, Brie McConnell, Colin Royse
PURPOSE: To perform a narrative review of the current trials examining the use of perioperative ultrasound to diagnose common issues related to the heart, lungs, stomach, and airway. METHOD: A review of the current literature was conducted in June 2017 on all trials involving ultrasound, including both surface and transesophageal ultrasound, in the perioperative period. The search included the terms 'ultrasonography', 'perioperative care', 'point-of-care', and 'bedside'...
February 2, 2018: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
Youbai Chen, Yan Han, Meredith August, Nalton F Ferraro, Qixu Zhang, Haizhong Zhang
PURPOSE: We sought to compare cricothyroid membrane puncture-guided tracheostomy (CMPGT) with surgical cricothyroidotomy (SC) and percutaneous tracheostomy with Griggs' guidewire dilating forceps (GWDF) for establishing an emergency airway in a porcine model. We hypothesized that CMPGT would be associated with a shorter time to ventilation and more rapid restoration of oxygenation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We implemented a small pilot animal study. Eighteen miniature pigs were randomly assigned to undergo CMPGT, SC, or GWDF...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
S Wexler, K Hall, R Y Chin, S N Prineas
We describe the successful use of cannula cricothyroidotomy and the Rapid-O2™ oxygen insufflation device (Meditech Systems Ltd, Dorset, UK) for rescue of a can't intubate/can't oxygenate (CICO) scenario in a patient with severe airway haemorrhage post-debridement of laryngeal amyloidosis. This case highlights the practical utility of a cannula technique for CICO rescue when appropriate equipment is used and when institutional measures are taken to prepare for this rare anaesthetic crisis.
January 2018: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Henry E Wang, John P Donnelly, Dustin Barton, Jeffrey L Jarvis
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Although often the focus of quality improvement efforts, emergency medical services (EMS) advanced airway management performance has few national comparisons, nor are there many assessments with benchmarks accounting for differences in agency volume or patient mix. We seek to assess variations in advanced airway management and conventional intubation performance in a national cohort of EMS agencies. METHODS: We used EMS data from ESO Solutions, a national EMS electronic health record system...
January 15, 2018: Annals of Emergency Medicine
Erik Su, Nicholas Dalesio, Aliaksei Pustavoitau
Ultrasound has increasingly become a clinical asset in the hands of the anesthesiologist and intensivist who cares for children. Though many applications for ultrasound parallel adult modalities, children as always are not simply small adults and benefit from the application of ultrasound to their management in various ways. Body composition and size are important factors that affect ultrasound performance in the child, as are the pathologies that may uniquely afflict children and aspects of procedures unique to this patient population...
January 19, 2018: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
C F Pairaudeau, C Mendonca, C Hillermann, I Qazi, P A Baker, R E Hodgson, S Radhakrishna
The Difficult Airway Society 2015 guidelines recommend and describe in detail a surgical cricothyroidotomy technique for the can't intubate, can't oxygenate (CICO) scenario, but this can be technically challenging for anaesthetists with no surgical training. Following a structured training session, 104 anaesthetists took part individually in a simulated can't intubate, can't oxygenate event using simulation and airway models to evaluate how well they could perform these front-of-neck access techniques. Main outcomes measures were: ability to correctly perform the technical steps; procedural time; and success rate...
January 19, 2018: Anaesthesia
John Breeze, R Blanch, J Baden, A M Monaghan, D Evriviades, S E Harrisson, S Roberts, A Gibson, N MacKenzie, D Baxter, A J Gibbons, S Heppell, J G Combes, R F Rickard
INTRODUCTION: The evolution of medical practice is resulting in increasing subspecialisation, with head, face and neck (HFN) trauma in a civilian environment usually managed by a combination of surgical specialties working as a team. However, the full combination of HFN specialties commonly available in the NHS may not be available in future UK military-led operations, necessitating the identification of a group of skill sets that could be delivered by one or more deployed surgeons. METHOD: A systematic review was undertaken to identify those surgical procedures performed to treat acute military head, face, neck and eye trauma...
January 10, 2018: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
Yohei Okada, Wataru Ishii, Norio Sato, Hirokazu Kotani, Ryoji Iiduka
Case: "Cannot intubate, cannot oxygenate" (CICO) is a rare, life-threatening situation. We describe a pediatric case of CICO and highlight some educational points.A 3-year-old boy who collapsed in the bathtub came to our emergency department. On admission, he went into cardiac arrest probably because of an airway obstruction. We judged his condition as CICO and carried out an emergent tracheostomy after several attempts to perform a cricothyroidotomy failed. We continued resuscitation; however, circulation did not return spontaneously...
October 2017: Acute Medicine & Surgery
Sedat Bilge, Attila Aydın, Meltem Bilge, Cemile Aydın, Erdem Çevik, Mehmet Eryılmaz
BACKGROUND: In the patients with multiple and serious trauma, early applications of life-saving procedures are related to improved survival. We tried to experimentally determine the feasibility of life-saving interventions that are performed with the aid of night vision goggles (NVG) in nighttime combat scenario. METHODS: Chest tube thoracostomy (CTT), emergency cricothyroidotomy (EC), and needle thoracostomy (NT) interventions were performed by 10 combatant medical staff...
November 2017: Ulusal Travma Ve Acil Cerrahi Dergisi, Turkish Journal of Trauma & Emergency Surgery: TJTES
Pierre-Antoine Peyron, Michael S Pollanen
We report the sudden death of a woman with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1). The decedent developed acute respiratory distress and died rapidly despite an emergent cricothyroidotomy. An autopsy with postmortem CT scan was performed to determine the cause of the fatal respiratory collapse and to determine if death was related to neurofibromatosis. Postmortem examination revealed the classical external hallmarks of neurofibromatosis, including innumerable cutaneous neurofibromas. In addition, there was a massive retropharyngeal hematoma with fatal extrinsic compression of the airway...
December 2017: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
Ryan F Coughlin, Iris Chandler, John C Binford, James W Bonz, David C Hile
BACKGROUND: Cricothyroidotomy is a lifesaving procedure required in up to 2% of emergent airways. Emergency medicine training programs frequently instruct this procedure via cadaver training, but cadaver cost and availability limit the opportunity for all trainees to perform the critical initial skin incision. Cadaver autografting is a novel way to simulate all steps of the procedure. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to determine whether the technique of autografting cadaver tissue improves the experience of cricothyroidotomy simulation education for emergency medicine trainees...
December 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Maja Chrzanowska-Wąsik, Leszek Sobiech, Vadim Matsibora, Tomasz Stankiewicz, Mariusz Goniewicz, Kamil Bednarz, Patryk Rzońca
The percentage of laryngeal injuries managed by hospital emergency departments is low. Currently, with the Emergency Medical Services working more efficiently, diagnostic imaging tools being more available and more precise surgical procedures after the injury, the mortality and disability rate among trauma victims is systematically decreasing. The given paper presents a case of a multiple organ trauma, including trauma to the larynx and throat, experienced during agricultural works. Life-saving surgical cricothyroidotomy using a tracheal tube was performed after preliminary diagnosis of the patient...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Gregory Doucet, Stephen Ryan, Michael Bartellas, Michael Parsons, Adam Dubrowski, Tia Renouf
Cricothyroidotomy is a life-saving medical procedure that allows for tracheal intubation. Most current cricothyroidotomy simulation models are either expensive or not anatomically accurate and provide the learner with an unrealistic simulation experience. The goal of this project is to improve current simulation techniques by utilizing rapid prototyping using 3D printing technology and expert opinions to develop inexpensive and anatomically accurate trachea simulators. In doing so, emergency cricothyroidotomy simulation can be made accessible, accurate, cost-effective and reproducible...
August 18, 2017: Curēus
Kyungwon Lee
Bentazone is classified as a moderately hazardous (class II) herbicide by the World Health Organization. A 53-year-old Korean woman was transferred to the emergency department after a suicide attempt using approximately 500 mL of bentazone one hour prior to admission. Upon admission, she was alert and tachycardia of 125/min was observed. She was treated with gastric lavage and activated charcoal, during which she experienced diarrhea. Two hours after bentazone ingestion, cardiac arrest and muscle rigidity throughout the body occurred...
October 20, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Emergency Medicine
Lukas Bürki, Bertrand Yersin
This article evaluates 3 controversial subjects of pre-hospital emergency care : 1) The concept of the « Golden hour » predicates an increased morbidity and mortality for injured patients, if pre-hospital care exceeds 1 hour. In the subgroup of patients presenting with severe hemorrhagic injuries or penetrating trauma to the torso, a transport of 60 minutes or less decreases mortality ; 2) The Sellick manoeuvre is used to decrease the risk of bronchoaspiration in patients undergoing an emergency intubation...
August 9, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
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