The Role of the Laryngeal Mask in Clinical Practice

  • A. I. J. Brain
  • J. R. Brimacombe


The laryngeal mask airway (LMA) fills a niche between the face mask (FM) and tracheal tube (TT) in terms of both anatomical position and degree of invasiveness. It has gained widespread acceptance as a general purpose airway and several advanced uses have been described. Recent published data from large studies has confirmed the safety and efficacy of the device for spontaneous or controlled ventilation (1-3). It is also proving cost effective compared with the TT (1, 4). Currently there are in excess of 900 publications, the majority in peer review journals. A number of general (5) and specialized reviews have been published analyzing its use for critical care medicine (6), pre-hospital care (7), neonatal resuscitation (8) and the difficult airway (9).


Tracheal Tube Laryngeal Mask Airway Face Mask Difficult Airway Percutaneous Tracheostomy 
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