Cricothyroidotomy

Intro
Surgical airway.
Preferred to tracheostomy.
Use transtracheal ventilation if unfamiliar.

Method
Clean skin over thyroid and cricoid cartilages.
Feel for thyroid cartilage, feel cricoid ring.
Firm pressure with non-dominant hand to immobilise the larynx.
Horizontal incision through membrane.
Insert scalpel handel, rotate at 90d.
- or pair of artery forceps in two directions.
Insert largest possible ET tube, 6mm for adults, 3 for children.
Attach self-inflating bag.