Module 10:
Recent Developments in Supraglottic Airway Devices

Author: Dr. John Doyle MD PhD FRCPC

Module Instructions:

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  • You are also strongly encouraged to participate in the Discussion Board for Module 10. There you will be able to ask any questions you may have and read the answers to questions that others have asked. You may visit this Discussion Board now, or after you have completed your Examination.

Objectives for Module 10:

At the completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  1. Discuss differences between various supraglottic airway devices and compare device properties that may be advantageous in some situations and limiting in others.
  2. Develop a series of clinical strategies for routine and emergency airway management based on knowledge of various supraglottic airway devices and their role in the ASA difficult airway algorithm.
  3. Assess clinical decision-making approaches for use of the LMA and other supraglottic airway devices as clinical rescue devices for difficult and failed intubations.


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