Endotracheal intubation can be difficult in the emergent situation, and it is important to have an appropriate backup strategy. Supraglottic airway devices have provided an alternative method for pediatric airway management that is relatively easy to learn, with a high success rate.
Our recent issue Supraglottic Airway Devices for Pediatric Airway Management in the Emergency Department reviews the use of supraglottic airway devices in pediatric patients including common devices, indications and techniques for placement, and complications associated with their use. The use of supraglottic airway devices in the patient with a difficult airway is also discussed.
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Here are a few key points:
- Supraglottic airway devices (SGAs) are an alternative method for pediatric airway management. They are relatively safe, easy to learn how to use, and quick to place, with a high success rate and less complications than endotracheal intubation.
- SGAs can be used to secure a patient’s airway for oxygenation and ventilation in “can’t intubate, can’t ventilate” scenarios, and many SGAs can also be used to facilitate sequential intubation of the airway.
- Sizing for different SGAs varies by brand and is usually weight-based in pediatric patients.
Last Updated on December 13, 2021