Articles in "intermediate airways"

Remember the Laryngeal Mask Airway When You Can’t Intubate!

by Joseph Esherick, M.D., FAAFP, FHM

As a hospitalist who also works in the ICU, I am often the first responder to respiratory emergencies. Frequently under these circumstances, you have a chaotic environment and a less than optimal environment to intubate a patient.

Does Cricoid Pressure Prevent Aspiration During Endotracheal Intubation?

by Joseph Esherick, M.D., FAAFP, FHM

There has always been some controversy about the utility of applying cricoid pressure (aka Sellick Maneuver) during rapid sequence intubation for the purpose of preventing aspiration. Theoretically, applying pressure on the cricoid cartilage posteriorly should occlude the esophagus against the vertebrae and therefore prevent passive regurgitation of gastric contents into the oropharynx.