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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