The Death of Cricoid Pressure (CP) during intubation (and other stories)

Bottom Line: In spite of over 50 years of application, there is minimal evidence to either the pathophysiologic basis or clinical utility of CP. CP also appears to decrease the likelihood for 1st pass success. CP should not be performed routinely. External laryngeal manipulation, either by the operator or an assistant, may improve an otherwise suboptimal laryngeal view.