Supraglottic airway

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Indications

  • Need for positive pressure ventilation (PPV)
    • Can be used both as primary and rescue airway (if BVM or intubation fail)[1]

Contraindications

  • No absolute contraindications

Equipment Needed

  • Supraglottic Airway (SGA) device (many options exist)
  • Appropriate sedation/paralytic agents, if indicated

Procedure

Complications[1]

  • Bronchospasm
  • Hoarseness
  • Laryngeal nerve injury
  • Hypoglossal nerve injury
  • Pharyngeal edema
  • Dysphagia

Follow-up

See Also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Apfelbaum JL, et al.; American Society of Anesthesiologists Task Force on Management of the Difficult Airway. Practice guidelines for management of the difficult airway: an updated report by the American Society of Anesthesiologists Task Force on Management of the Difficult Airway. Anesthesiology. 2013 Feb;118(2):251-70