How is an intubating laryngeal mask airway (ILMA) inserted?

Updated: Dec 28, 2018
  • Author: Nichole Bosson, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Hold the ILMA by the handle.

Insert the mask into the patient’s mouth and push it back against the hard palate, as shown below.

Insertion of the ILMA. Insertion of the ILMA.

Slide the mask backward, following the curve of the tube.

Swing the ILMA into place.

Inflate the cuff as with the LMA.

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