Articles in "Laryngeal Mask Airway"

Risk Factors for Difficult Ventilation with a Laryngeal mask Airway

by Joseph Esherick, M.D., FAAFP, FHM

Using the PLAD Score can help clinicians take certain precautions in treatment plans, such as having alternate airway options available, to help reduce morbidity and mortality rates.

Does Cricoid Pressure Prevent Aspiration During Endotracheal Intubation?

by Joseph Esherick, M.D., FAAFP, FHM

There has always been some controversy about the utility of applying cricoid pressure (aka Sellick Maneuver) during rapid sequence intubation for the purpose of preventing aspiration. Theoretically, applying pressure on the cricoid cartilage posteriorly should occlude the esophagus against the vertebrae and therefore prevent passive regurgitation of gastric contents into the oropharynx.

Simulation Based Training Improves Airway Management Skills

by Joseph Esherick, M.D., FAAFP, FHM

Simulation-based procedural training has been shown to improve procedural competence, safety, operator confidence and most importantly patient safety for every bedside procedure studied. Now, a new systematic review and meta-analysis confirms that simulation-based training in airway management improves procedural competence with direct laryngoscopy, endotracheal intubation, video laryngoscopy, laryngeal mask airway insertion, and King tube airway insertion.