Needle vs Open Cric


This forum is nice. Cool to be able to talk to ER docs from everywhere. Had a super sick patient last night with a posterior pharyngeal mass and we ended up doing a crich on her as my partner set up for a fiberoptic intubation. He to my suprise had never performed a needle crich while I have only performed needle crichs and find them very straight forward (central line into neck basically). What are everyone’s opinions on the best method of crich to teach the residents?

  • Open
  • Needle

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I tend to favor the open because of it’s speed and lack of need for a large kit