Complica tions

• Puncture of blood vessel at cricothyroid membrane may cause significant intratracheal or external bleeding. Apply local pressure if this occurs after blade incision. If bleeding continues, insert minitracheotomy tube for a tamponading effect. If bleeding persists, insert deep sutures either side of minitracheotomy; if this fails, contact surgeon for assistance

• Perforation of oesophagus

• Mediastinitis (rare)

• Pneumothorax

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