Laryngeal Mask Airway Vs. Endotracheal Tube in the Asthmatic

Braaflat, Tyler
August 2010
International Student Journal of Nurse Anesthesia;Summer2010, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p31
Academic Journal
Case Study
Laryngeal Mask Airways are utilized as an alternative ventilation device to the facemask and endotracheal tube. They provide anesthesia practitioners flexibility in monitoring and controlling the patient's anesthetic. This report discusses which type of airway device is best suited for a patient with asthma and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). LMA's are beneficial in an asthmatic patient because they reduce airway stimulation, thus decreasing the risk for bronchospasm. However, utilizing a LMA in a patient with GERD may increase the risk for aspiration. Selecting the proper airway device to ensure patient safety is top priority for the anesthesia professional.


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