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  1. False. Applied correctly, cricoid pressure (also termed Sellick’s manoeuvre) aims to prevent passive reflux of gastric contents into the pharynx. It is widely practised in the UK and USA but not universally in Europe. Incorrectly applied it may make intubation more difficult.1 2

  2. False. The evidence is contradictory. One clinical study found a significant improvement in view when the BURP manoeuvre was used.3 A large, unblinded cadaveric study found that the BURP manoeuvre frequently led to deterioration …

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