11: Does cricoid pressure reduce the risk of pulmonary aspiration?


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For our first episode of 2020, we investigate claims related to the application of cricoid pressure.

Claim 1. Cricoid pressure reduces the risk of pulmonary aspiration.

Claim 2. Landmark technique is able to accurately identify the cricoid cartilage.

Claim 3. Cricoid pressure should be routinely applied in all rapid-sequence intubations.

Our guest today is Dr. Jerome Crowley, an adult cardiothoracic anesthesiologist and intensivist at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Connect with us @DepthAnesthesia on Twitter or depthofanesthesia@gmail.com.

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Music by Stephen Campbell, MD.



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