Omaha man uses steak knife to perform self-tracheotomy

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    Think it's funny this guy was in Omaha, and used a steak knife..


    Omaha Steaks
    , get it?
     
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    I wonder if you really needed an emergent cric if you were able to perform it yourself.
     
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    Man... I was gonna make the same joke!
     
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    How would he manage to not aspirate his own blood?
     
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    Midline vertical incision above thyroid is relatively bloodless. Then lay prone and let gravity do its magic.

    Here's hoping you never have to remember these instructions for self-use.
     
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    You're kidding. How interesting.

    Thanks for the well wishes. Right back atcha. :)
     
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    The guy did already have a previous trach which could complicate things, but my guess is that it served as a pretty good guide.
     
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    I was, sadly, thinking the same thing.
     
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    Great minds, anyone???

    Or, we are all too bored and too geeky for words... :cool:
     
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    Hard24Get The black sleepymed

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    yeah, nerd number 4 here. :rolleyes:

    but you have to wonder, with quotes like this:
    I feel like he first legitimately needed a tracheostomy for cx, but that "taught" him that tracheotomies relieve SOB... the last 2 times he did it on himself maybe it was just allergy-induced asthma, and an inhaler or something would have done the job! :laugh:
     
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    I'm gonna have to go with too bored and too geeky for words.
     
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    Ok, they definitely changed the article attached to that link. The first one made no mention of a previous self-trach or possible allergies.
     

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