Percutaneous transtracheal needle insufflation: A useful emergency airway adjunct simply constructed from common items found on your anesthesia cart


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Using material already available in the operating room, we describe the construction and application of a percutaneous transtracheal needle insufflation device to be used in pediatric airway emergencies. Our technique of percutaneous needle insufflation using common materials found in the operating room can be a helpful adjunct in a time of need. Quickly constructed and at a minimal cost, the device can be just one of the many useful tools found in the otolaryngologist's airway armamentarium.