publication . Article . 2014

Cricoid pressure: Where do we stand?

Nidhi Bhatia; Hemant Bhagat; Indu Sen;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2014 Journal: Journal of Anaesthesiology, Clinical Pharmacology, volume 30, issue 1, pages 3-6 (issn: 0970-9185, eissn: 2231-2730, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Medknow Publications & Media Pvt Ltd
Abstract
In 1961, Sellick popularized the technique of cricoid pressure (CP) to prevent regurgitation of gastric contents during anesthesia induction. In the last two decades, clinicians have begun to question the efficacy of CP and therefore the necessity of this maneuver. Some have suggested abandoning it on the grounds that this maneuver is unreliable in producing midline esophageal compression. Moreover, it has been found that application of CP makes tracheal intubation and mask ventilation difficult and induces relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter. There have also been reports of regurgitation of gastric contents and aspiration despite CP. Further, its effec...
Subjects
free text keywords: Review Article, Anesthesia, cricoid pressure, Sellick maneuver, General Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Pharmacology (medical), Medicine, business.industry, business, Mask ventilation, Anesthesia induction, Tracheal intubation, medicine.medical_treatment, Surgery, medicine.medical_specialty, Esophageal sphincter, lcsh:Anesthesiology, lcsh:RD78.3-87.3, lcsh:Pharmacy and materia medica, lcsh:RS1-441
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