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Cricoid Pressure Controversies: Narrative Review

Salem, M. R.; Khorasani, A.; Zeidan, A.; Crystal, G. J.

doi: 10.1097/
Techniques and Monitoring

(Abstracted from Anesthesiology, 126(4):738–752, 2017)

This narrative review summarizes and addresses the effectiveness, controversies, and potential complications associated with the use of cricoid pressure (CP) in clinical practice. B. A. Sellick, who devised this maneuver in 1961, demonstrated that firm CP on a cadaver prevented stomach contents being regurgitated to the pharynx even with prior stomach distension (with water) and maintaining the steep Trendelenburg tilt.

Department of Anesthesiology, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center; and Department of Anesthesiology, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, IL.

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