Table 1

Summary of the five surgeons’ consensus on the ease to manipulate, ability to cover the surgeons hands throughout the procedure, hindrance of procedural steps and ability to suppress aerosolization for each of the three surgical drapes used during emergency cricothyrotomy

Easy to manipulateCovers surgeon’s hand through the procedureHinders procedural stepsSatisfactorily suppresses aerosolization
X-ray cassette drapeYesNoNoYes*
Dry OR towelYesNoNo†Yes*
Wet OR towelYesYesNo†Yes
  • *More likely to leak because it slips off the surgeon’s hand.

  • †Compromised the visual cues but did not compromise the surgeon’s ability to perform the steps of the procedure satisfactorily.

  • OR, operating room.