NEEDLE CRICOTHYROIDOTOMY. DEFINITION. Needle Cricothyroidotomy - the introduction of an over-the-needle catheter device into the cricothyroid membrane to provide a temporary airway and oxygenation. OBJECTIVES At the completion of this lecture the participant will be able to:. State the indications for needle cricothyroidotomyIdentify the equipment necessary to perform needle cricothyroidotomyIdentify the landmarks of the cricothyroid membrane.