This study aimed to evaluate whether the application of cricoid pressure at the time of induction of anaesthesia was associated with a lesser incidence of postoperative nausea or vomiting in the immediate postoperative period compared with a group in which no cricoid pressure was applied, in patients undergoing day care gynaecological laparoscopy. One hundred ASA I and II females were randomly allocated to receive cricoid pressure at the time of induction. The peri-operative anaesthetic technique was standardised. The incidence of postoperative nausea and vomiting in the group who received cricoid pressure was 16% in the recovery room compared with 26% in the no cricoid group. When the period was extended to the first 6 h post anaesthesia the incidence was 30% in the cricoid and 44% in the no cricoid group. This difference did not achieve statistical significance in either period (p > 0.05). The results suggest that application of cricoid pressure at the time of induction does not significantly alter the incidence of postoperative nausea and vomiting in the first 6 h of recovery from anaesthesia.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2000|
- Cricoid pressure