Cook Medical Expands Cricothyrotomy Offering for ‘Cannot Intubate, Cannot Ventilate’ Scenarios

Cook Medical has announced the Melker Cuffed Emergency Cricothyrotomy Catheter Set, a compact surgical set which it says is specifically packaged for performing Seldinger Cricothyrotomy procedures and ideal for smaller workspaces.


Training and preparedness are key for successful surgical and Seldinger cricothyrotomy procedures.  A new report from the 4th National Audit Project of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Difficult Airways Society(NAP4) addresses the clinical need for both Seldinger and surgical cricothyrotomy procedures to be taught side-by-side. Cook Medical’s newly announced compact cricothyrotomy surgical set builds on the company’s experience in designing products for Seldinger and emergency airway procedures.

As well as being specifically packaged for procedural use and ideal for smaller workspaces, it is also easily transported in medical kit bags and packs.

Company comments

“When a patient loses an airway, physicians often only have seconds to make a life-saving decision. The NAP4 report brought home this reality,” said Dan Sirota, vice president and global business unit leader for Cook Medical’s critical care division. “We built a business on designing products for Seldinger procedures, but recognized that our customers have different needs.”

Source: Cook Medical, Business Wire

Reference:  Frerk C, Cook T. Management of the ‘can’t intubate, can’t ventilate’ situation and the emergency surgical airway. In 4th National Audit Project of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Difficult Airways Society. London, England: Royal College of Anaesthetists; 2011. Published March 2011. Accessed February 14, 2013.

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