Cool Study: Bystander Cricothyroidotomy w/Pen

From Reuters:

Few movie scenes create more drama than a character saving a dying person’s life by plunging a pen into his neck to open up his airway, but a new study from Germany suggests viewers shouldn’t try that trick at home.

Researchers had 10 people try to push ballpoint pens through the necks of fresh cadavers to create a passage to the airway. While all participants were able to break the skin, only one person was able to get to the airway.

The results show that people shouldn’t try something just because they read it or see it in the media, said Dr. Michael Kamali, chair of emergency medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York.

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