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Cricoid pressure in penetrating neck trauma: time for a rethink?
  1. Anthony Hudson
  1. Correspondence to Dr Anthony Hudson, Emergency Department, St George's Hospital, Blackshaw Road, London SW17 0QT, UK; anthonyhudson{at}

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An adult male patient presented to our emergency department with a stab wound to the neck (zone II, just anterior to the sternocleidomastoid muscle). He was hypotensive and had a Glasgow coma score of five. He was managed according to our ‘code red’ major haemorrhage protocol and the decision was made to intubate the patient by rapid sequence induction (RSI). On the induction of anaesthesia, cricoid pressure was applied. Moments later a …

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