Dr Sellick strikes back ! The return of cricoid pressure
in this months journal reading, more on cricoid pressure is to be found!
What you say?!! Didnt cricoid pressure get removed from our collective RSI/emergency airway management mindset?!
WELL CHECK THIS OUT!
The Effectiveness of Cricoid Pressure for Occluding the Esophageal Entrance in Anesthetized and Paralyzed Patients: An Experimental and Observational Glidescope Study
Take home points here:
- This confirms my belief that VL would make cricoid pressure use more objective and standardised, hence more effective. The weakness of past attempts to prove it works
- That occlusion of the oesophageal patency occurs at the recommended 30N force, despite the position of the oesophagus on VL examination
Now for some more balanced articles on cricoid pressure out this month!