How are patients prepared for laryngeal mask airway (LMA) insertion?

Updated: Dec 28, 2018
  • Author: Nichole Bosson, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Preoxygenate the patient with 100% oxygen via a nonrebreather mask, as time allows.

Choose the appropriate size of laryngeal mask airway (LMA).

Check the LMA cuff for leaks.

Deflate the cuff of the LMA completely against a flat surface.

Apply a water-soluble lubricant generously to the posterior surface of the mask.

Administer sedation when indicated.

Position the patient.


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