Last week Scott Weingart discussed a case of a profoundly hypoxemic patient with a failed airway which was salvaged by surgical cricothyrotomy (listen to it here). Despite successfully resuscitating the patient there was some criticism later that perhaps a cricothyrotomy wasn't absolutely required. This reminds me of a case I've been planning to discuss here, a case looking at the same issue but from a different perspective.
Background: Acceptable rates of error in medicine
The benefit of an accepted failure rate
What is an acceptable false-cric rate?
The respiratory death airway algorithm