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A 46-year-old male with a known history of difficult intubation presented for elective surgery. It was considered prudent to perform an awake intubation and a size 3 laryngeal mask was introduced under topical anesthesia. A gum elastic bougie was then passed, enabling the laryngeal mask to be removed and a tracheal tube to be inserted.
Observations were recorded from two hundred consecutive insertions of the laryngeal mask airway (LMA). They were undertaken by 27 anaesthetists most of whom had no previous experience of its use. A clinically patent airway was obtained in 94% of patients and in the majority of these (76%) the LMA was positioned correctly at the first attempt. There were… (More)