Abstract| Volume 54, ISSUE 5, P741-742, May 2018

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Limitations of Pediatric Supraglottic Airway Devices as Conduits for Intubation – an In Vitro Study

Kleine-Brueggeney M, Kotarlic M, Theiler L, Greif R. Can J Anaesth 2017;65:14-22
      Pediatric airway management can be challenging and results in hypoxia and inadequate ventilation more frequently than in adults. The Association of Pediatric Anesthetists recommends placement of Supraglottic Airway (SGA) devices as a rescue technique and to intubate through an SGA via flexible bronchoscopy (FB) if necessary. Prior studies have demonstrated incompatibilities between pediatric SGAs and endotracheal tubes (ETTs) when intubating through the SGA. Some common problems are that the ETT does not fit through the SGA due to their diameters or that the pilot balloon for a cuffed ETT must be cut off in order to remove the SGA once the ETT has been placed.
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