Question 8

Outline the anatomy relevant to performing a percutaneous tracheostomy.

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College Answer

Surface landmarks, anatomy of the trachea and its important relationships with the thyroid,
carotid sheath and oesophagus were required to pass this question. Several candidates
described the procedure of percutaneous tracheostomy in great detail. Descriptions of the
procedure gained no marks.
Syllabus B1b2g
Reference: Anatomy for the Anaesthetist, Ellis and Feldman.