Emergency airway puncture is the placement of a hollow needle through the throat into the airway. It is done to treat life-threatening choking.
Emergency airway puncture is done in an emergency situation, when someone is
- A hollow needle or tube can be inserted into the throat, just below the Adam’s apple (cricoid cartilage), into the airway.
- In a hospital, a small cut in the skin is made before inserting the needle.
Why the Procedure Is Performed
A cricothyrotomy is an emergency procedure to relieve an
Risks for this procedure include:
- Injury to the voice box (larynx), thyroid gland, or esophagus
Risks for any surgery are:
How well the person does depends on the cause of the airway blockage and how quickly the person receives proper breathing support.