How to Build the Ultimate Cricothyrotomy Trainer with Chris Bond

My friend Chris Bond  runs a blog called SOCMOB (see below for an explanation).


Like all Canadians, Chris likes to have a nice meal, drink a glass of wine, and then go to the parking lot, break a beer bottle and stab people with it. In Canada, they call this bottling. When not bottling, Chris posts on emergency medicine topics; he put together a video on how to build a cheap and dirty cric trainer. Take a look…

Here is the original SOBMOB post.

The trainer is based on this article: (Anaesthesia 2004; 59:1012–15).

A recent letter to the editor takes the model even further: (Anaesthesia, 2009, 64, pages 687–697).

Morris’s Version

Seth Trueger turned me on to this other, superior (though more complicated) version of the surgical cricothyrotomy training device:

It is from:

Richard Morris


St. George Hospital; Sydney, Australia

Notes on the Construction Method

Slides from a Cric Lecture by Dr. Morris

Ambofoam Version

This one looks quick, but excellent

Diagnosis Wenckebach

SOCMOB Chris is also the creator of  the, “Diagnosis Wenckebach” video:


What is SOCMOB?

SOCMOB = Standing on the corner, minding my own business.  For any of you who work in emergency departments, you’ve likely heard this history before.  Most likely the presenting complaint was trauma :)

The SOCMOB Algorithm

socmob algorithm

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