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Emergency airway puncture - series—Aftercare

Aftercare

Overview

Cricothyrotomy is generally followed by a surgical tracheosotomy, if there is need for a prolonged use of a breathing tube. Removal of breathing tubes from both a cricothyrotomy and tracheostomy is usually followed by prompt healing of the incision site.

Update Date 11/3/2014

Updated by: Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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