The LMA-SupremeTM as an intubation conduit in patients with known difficult airways: a prospective evaluation study

T. C. R. V. van Zundert, D. T. Wong, A. A. J. van Zundert*

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Background Many extraglottic airway devices allow the direct passage of an adult-sized tracheal tube, but this is not possible with the LMA-SupremeTM. We evaluated the feasibility of using the LMA-SupremeTM as a conduit for intubation in patients with known difficult airways. Methods Sixty-eight adult patients, with preoperative predictors of difficult intubation, were scheduled for elective surgery under general anaesthesia. After assessing the direct laryngoscopy view, 23 patients with CormackLehane III/IV were included in the study. An LMA-SupremeTM was inserted, followed by the passage of a flexible bronchoscope loaded with an Aintree Intubation Catheter into the trachea. The bronchoscope and LMA-SupremeTM were removed, and a tracheal tube was railroaded over the Aintree Intubation Catheter into the trachea. Results Tracheal intubation was successful in all patients using the above technique. SpO2 was >95% during the intubation procedure. Conclusions We conclude that the LMA-SupremeTM is a successful conduit for bronchoscopic/Aintree Intubation Catheter-guided intubation in patients with known difficult airway.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-81
JournalActa Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013

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