Simulated emergency department procedures with minimal monetary investment cricothyrotomy simulator

Christopher M. Pettineo, John A. Vozenilek, Ernest Wang, John Flaherty, Morris Kharasch, Pam Aitchison

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Methods: A sheep trachea holder was created and presented to attending Emergency Medicine physician-educators at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare as an adjunct for procedusral training. The materials and methods for making the simulated sheep trachea holder are outlined in this article. Results: The limiting factor of production is access to the foam and silicone used to make the simulator. The sheep trachea holder has been reproduced twice, features a washable exterior, and is used biweekly as a teaching tool for the cricothyrotomy skill. Conclusions: The homemade simulated sheep trachea holder is a safer and betterreceived alternative to our previous educational modality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)60-64
Number of pages5
JournalSimulation in Healthcare
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Bleeding
  • Cricothyrotomy
  • Education
  • Emergency medicine
  • Procedure
  • Simulation
  • Skills
  • Skin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Education
  • Modeling and Simulation


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