This Safety Watch is to advise you that having multiple different types of cricothyrotomy kits can lead to confusion during an airway emergency. We believe standardizing your equipment including cricothyrotomy kits within an organization or within a region would help to reduce the likelihood of an adverse event.
Cricothyrotomy also commonly called a “cric” is an emergent procedure for establishing an immediate airway. The procedure can be performed several ways with various commercially prepared kits or with specialty prepared equipment. The skill requires the provider to access the cricothyroid membrane to establish an airway for oxygenation and ventilation.
Possible reasons for these events:
- Access to different types of kits can lead to confusion during an airway emergency
View the full Safety Watch to see recommendations for mitigating risk.