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Wednesday, October 31 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Simplifying Cricothyrotomy: Front of Neck Access (FONA) Made Easier

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Few procedures in prehospital medicine are as rare, high consequence and generate as much angst as cricothyrotomy. This presentation covers the history, indications and complications of the procedure along with a look at the literature surrounding it. Several methods of cricothyrotomy including FONA as well as highlighting the SloMo technique and the pearls/pitfalls of each.  Procedural video and still image will be used heavily during the presentation in order to provide the learner with practical tips/pitfalls.

The neck offers a confluence airway, vascular and neuro structures and is an area of the body that when impacted by penetrating trauma can be very challenging.  This presentation involves four cases from the transport arena ranging from lacerations, stab wounds and gunshot wounds.   Each case has accompanying clinical still images and/or video.   Each of them involves complex decision making and challenging management scenarios.   This talk also covers relevant anatomy and gives a how to investigate specific injuries to the tracheal and vasculature.   The presentation will conclude with a summary of management strategies that can be utilized by EMS personnel when faced with the challenges that accompany penetrating neck trauma.

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Kevin High, RN, MPH, MHPE, EMT

Senior Associate in Emergency Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Kevin High, RN MPH MHPE EMT, is a Senior Associate in Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and has 32 years of experience in prehospital care as a clinician, teacher and leader. 

Wednesday October 31, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
Room 104AB