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Online ISSN 1827-1596
Karolinska Institutet, Institution for Physiology and Pharmacology, Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Foot and Ankle Surgical Centre, Stockholm, Sweden
Securing an adequate airway and ventilation is of outmost importance in day case anesthesia/sedation, as elsewhere in anesthesia. Since its introduction, the LMA has made a major contribution to the development of safe and efficacious airway management in elective day case anesthesia. It has also become increasingly popular in laparoscopy in selected patients. The use of a LMA should always be based on individual patient assessment, and a rescue plan for inadequate airway and or ventilation should be in place. Intubation is still the technique of choice in emergency situations.