cricothyrotomy

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cricothyrotomy

 [kri″ko-thi-rot´ah-me]
incision through the skin and cricothyroid membrane to secure a patent airway for emergency relief of upper airway obstruction. Called also intercricothyrotomy.
Cricothyrotomy. From Zuidema et al., 1985.

cri·co·thy·rot·o·my

(krī'kō-thī-rot'ō-mē),
Incision through the skin and cricothyroid membrane for relief of respiratory obstruction; used before or in place of tracheotomy in certain emergency respiratory obstructions.
See also: coniotomy.
[cricoid + thyroid + G. tomē, incision]

cricothyrotomy

/cri·co·thy·rot·o·my/ (-thi-rot´ah-me) incision through the skin and cricothyroid membrane to secure a patent airway for emergency relief of upper airway obstruction.

cricothyrotomy

(krī′kō-thī-rŏt′ə-mē)
n.
Incision through the skin and the cricothyroid membrane for emergency relief of upper respiratory obstruction.

cricothyrotomy

[krī′kōthīrot′əmē]
Etymology: Gk, krikos + thyreos, shield, eidos, form, temnein, to cut
an emergency incision into the larynx, performed to open the airway in a person who is choking. A small vertical midline cut is made just below the thyroid cartilage and above the cricoid cartilage. The incision is opened farther with a transverse cut through the cricothyroid membrane, and the wound is spread open with a knife handle or other dilator. The new opening must be held open with a tracheostomy tube that is open at both ends to allow air to move in and out. The cartridge end of a ballpoint pen will suffice in an emergency until a tracheostomy can be done. Also called cricothyroidotomy. Compare tracheostomy.
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Cricothyrotomy

cri·co·thy·rot·o·my

(krī'kō-thī-rot'ŏ-mē)
Incision through the skin and cricothyroid membrane for relief of respiratory obstruction; used before or in place of tracheotomy in certain emergency respiratory obstructions.
Synonym(s): intercricothyrotomy.
[cricoid + thyroid + G. tomē, incision]

cri·co·thy·rot·o·my

, cricothyroidotomy (krī'kō-thī-rot'ŏ-mē, -thīroyd-otŏ-mē)
Incision through the skin and cricothyroid membrane for relief of respiratory obstruction; used before or in place of tracheotomy in certain emergency respiratory obstructions.
Synonym(s): intercricothyrotomy.
[cricoid + thyroid + G. tomē, incision]

cricothyrotomy (krī´kōthīrot´əmē),

n an incision between the cricoid and thyroid cartilages for the purpose of maintaining a patent airway.

cricothyrotomy

incision through the skin and cricothyroid membrane to secure a patent airway for emergency relief of upper airway obstruction.
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