How is a laryngeal mask airway (LMA) used in prehospital airway management?

Updated: Dec 28, 2018
  • Author: Nichole Bosson, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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The LMA is useful in the prehospital setting not only for patients in cardiac arrest but also for managing a difficult airway.

In patients in whom positioning or prolonged extrication does not allow for endotracheal intubation, the LMA can be inserted and allow for successful airway management until a definitive airway can be established. [8]

The widespread use of LMA in the prehospital setting in Japan for cardiac arrest has shown it to be an effective and relied upon method for establishing emergency airways. [18]


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