Ultrasound Examination Versus Palpation to Locate the Cricothyroid Membrane
Anesthesiologists get a course on localizing the cricothyroid membrane on a human using ultrasonography. Thereafter their ability to localize the cricothyroid membrane with either palpation or ultrasonography, in a randomised fashion, is tested.
Focus: Localizing the Cricothyroid Membrane Before Airway Management
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Case-Crossover
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||Comparison of Ultrasound Examination and Palpation to Locate the Cricothyroid Membrane - a Randomized Study|
- rate of success of localizing the cricothyroid membrane with ultrasound and palpation [ Time Frame: december 2012 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]the rate of success is measured
- time to localise the cricothyroid membrane with ultrasonography and palpation [ Time Frame: december 2012 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]time measure for both ultrasonographic and palpation method
|Study Start Date:||November 2012|
|Study Completion Date:||December 2012|
|Primary Completion Date:||December 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
The group using palpation as primary attempt at localizing the cricothyroid membrane
The group using ultrasound for their primary approach to localizing the cricothyroid membrane
The ability to localize the cricothyroid membrane on patients before airway management is crucial in order to be able to follow the difficult airway algorithms.
Studies have show a high failure rate when anesthesiologists rely on palpation.
In this study Anesthesiologists get an e-learning course, get literature to study , and get a theoretical course and a hands-on course in using ultrasound for localizing the cricothyroid membrane. . Thereafter their ability to localize the cricothyroid membrane with either palpation or ultrasonography, in a randomised fashion, is tested.