Risk Management Pitfalls When Using Supraglottic Airway Devices in Pediatric Patients

Endotracheal intubation can be difficult in the emergent situation, and having an appropriate backup strategy is important. In many situations, supraglottic airway devices (SGAs) can be used instead of endotracheal intubation to manage a patient’s airway. SGAs provide 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 indications and techniques for SGA placement, provides evidence-based recommendations for their use, and discusses the use of SGAs in the patient with a difficult airway. To help you with the decision-making process, we’ve created a list of risk management pitfalls when using SGAs, which is also included in the issue.

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Last Updated on October 15, 2021

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