A cricoid cartilage compression device for the accurate and reproducible application of cricoid pressure
Taylor, RJ, Smurthwaite, G, Mehmood, I, Kitchen, GB and Baker, RD 2015, 'A cricoid cartilage compression device for the accurate and reproducible application of cricoid pressure' , Anaesthesia, 70 (1) , pp. 18-25.
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We describe the development and laboratory assessment of a refined prototype tactile feedback device for the safe and accurate application of cricoid pressure. We recruited 20 operating department practitioners and compared their performance of cricoid pressure on a training simulator using both the device and a manual unaided technique. The device significantly reduced the spread of the applied force: average (SE) root mean squared error decreased from 8.23 (0.48) N to 5.23 (0.32) N (p < 0.001). The average (SE) upwards bias in applied force also decreased, from 2.30 (0.74) N to 0.88 (0.48) N (p < 0.01). Most importantly, the percentage of force applications that deviated from target by more than 10 N decreased from 18% to 7% (p < 0.01). The device requires no prior training, is cheap to manufacture, is single-use and requires no power to operate, whilst ensuring that the correct force is always consistently applied.
|Themes:||Health and Wellbeing|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Anaesthesia|
|Funders:||Non funded research|
|Depositing User:||Prof Rose Dawn Baker|
|Date Deposited:||04 Feb 2015 18:49|
|Last Modified:||04 Feb 2015 18:49|
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