The CoTCCC Preferred Surgical Airway

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SKU: 13-500 Categories: ,

NSN: 6515-01-640-6701


The Control-Cric™ is a novel surgical cricothyroidotomy device that is tactically designed and packaged. The result is fast, accurate placement and higher success rates when compared to traditional airway techniques.2

Failure to secure an airway is the second leading cause of preventable battlefield death.1 The Control-Cric™ system is a tactically designed system for performing a cricothyrotomy, resulting in a fast, accurate placement with higher success rates when compared to established airway techniques.2

The intuitive design of the Cric-Key™ has a pre-shaped stylet that provides airway confirmation with tactile feel of the tracheal rings. It confirms airway placement through distinct sensory feedback, ensuring proper use by operators with limited surgical skills in challenging environments. A study performed by USA ISR demonstrates a 100% success rate vs. a 66% success rate for traditional surgical airway techniques.2

The Cric-Knife’s™ unique scalpel design and integrated trach hook slides down into the incision to ensure proper insertion of the cricothyrotomy tube. The hook makes a distinct “click” sound when it’s in the correct position under the thyroid cartilage and stays in position until the cricothyrotomy tube is fully inserted. Control-Cric™ delivers the confidence to execute a lifesaving surgical procedure when it counts.

Combat Capabilities

  • Fast: Secure a surgical airway in approximately 30 seconds1
  • Accurate: confirms airway with tactile feel of the tracheal rings
  • Safe: 100% first-attempt success rate2

Product Info


  • FAST: Secure a surgical airway in approximately 30 seconds1
  • ACCURATE: confirms airway with tactile feel of the tracheal rings
  • SAFE: 100% first-attempt success rate versus 66% rate for traditional techniques2

Product Attributes

  • Control-Cric kit includes:
    • Cric-Key™: 5.2mm soft, cric tube with cuff (ideal length for cricothyrotomy)
    •  Cric-Knife™:
      • 10 mm long, dual-sided blade with an integrated, sliding trach hook
      • Ergonomically designed with tactical pencil grip
    • Cricothyrotomy Tube
    • Unique Stabilizing Strap
  • Lightweight and low cube

Clinical Benefits

  • Inability to secure the airway was estimated to account for approximately 8% of preventable battlefield deaths2
  • 100% success rate
  • Sequenced packaging for procedural standardization
  • Cric-Key™ provides airway confirmation with tactile feel of the tracheal rings


  • NSN: 6515-01-640-6701
  • PN: 13-500
  • FDA 510(k) Cleared
  • Sterile / Single patient use
  • Recommended by TCCC guidelines as the preferred surgical airway
  • Specifications:
    • Unit Weight: 5 oz
    • Unit Dimensions: 9”x 5.25”x 2.5”
    • Not made with natural rubber latex
  • Available Direct, Prime Vendor, ECAT, CEC and GSA
  • 100% TAA Compliant
  • Made in USA



1 Eastridge BJ., et al., Death on the battlefield (2001-2011): Implications for the future of combat casualty care. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2012 Dec;73(6 Suppl 5):S431-7.

2 Mabry, RL., et al., A comparison of two open surgical cricothyrotomy techniques by military medics using a cadaver model. Ann Emerg Med. 2014 Jan;63(1):1-5.