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Minerva Anestesiologica 2010 January;76(1):38-44

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language: English

The airway in day surgery

Jakobsson J.

Karolinska Institutet, Institution for Physiology and Pharmacology, Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Foot and Ankle Surgical Centre, Stockholm, Sweden


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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.

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