needle cricothyrotomy

nee·dle cri·co·thy·rot·o·my

(nē'dĕl krī'kō-thī-rot'ŏ-mē)
Cricothyrotomy performed by passing a large-bore needle percutaneously through the cricothyroid membrane into the trachea. Used as an emergency airway procedure when surgical cricothyrotomy is not possible.
Synonym(s): percutaneous transtracheal ventilation.
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The use of intravenous catheters for needle cricothyrotomy is fraught with complications and not particularly effective.