Background: Evidence regarding optimal management of the “Cannot Intubate, Cannot Oxygenate” (CICO) scenario in infants is scarce. When inserting a transtracheal cannula for front of neck access direct aspiration to confirm intratracheal location is standard practice. This postmortem “infant airway” animal model study describes a novel technique for cannula tracheotomy. Aims: To compare a novel technique of cannula tracheotomy to an accepted technique to assess success and complication rates. Methods: Two experienced proceduralists repeatedly performed tracheotomy using an 18-gauge BD InsyteTM cannula (BD, Franklin Lakes, NJ, USA) in 6 postmortem White New Zealand rabbits. Cannulas were attached either directly to a 5ml syringe (Direct Aspiration) or via a 25 cm length minimum volume extension tubing set (TUTA Healthcare Lidcombe, NSW, Australia) (Indirect Aspiration, 2 operator technique). Each technique was attempted a maximum of 12 times per rabbit with an ENT surgeon assessing success and complication rates endoscopically for each attempt. Results: 72 tracheotomy attempts were made in total, 36 for each technique. Initial aspiration through the needle was achieved in 93% (97.2% direct versus 89% indirect). Advancement of the cannula and continued aspiration (success) into the trachea occurred in 67% for direct compared with 64% for indirect aspiration. Direct aspiration was associated with higher rates of lateral (10.3% versus 5.6%) and posterior (19.4% versus 13.9%) wall injury compared with the indirect 2-operator technique. Conclusion: Cannula tracheotomy in infant-sized airways is technically difficult and seems frequently associated with tracheal wall injury. The reduced incidence of injury in the indirect group warrants further investigation in preclinical and clinical trials.