Category Archives: Supraglottic Airway

In keeping with the Covid-19 Cardiac Arrest algorithms can Midaz procedural sedation be applied to SGA similar to how it is used for ETT maintenance post ROSC should the pt increase gcs during the ROSC?

So, just to be perfectly clear, as I have heard this in a round-about way from a few sources... We are not to use high concentration/High Flow oxygen via a BVM with a VSA patient without inserting an SGA - so when treating a VSA pt, we go directly to the SGA without ever using an OPA or NGA, correct? And what are our options if the SGA fails after 2 attempts and we do not have any extra hands to ensure a tight seal on the BVM mask - do we ventilate at all, or just administer compressions and carry on?

When dealing with a patient who is VSA due to a complete foreign body airway obstruction, what is recommended in regards to ventilations and OPA use (during this COIVD-19 pandemic) since “inability to clear the airway” is a contraindication of SGA use.

In a previous response to a question, it was mentioned that the SGA is an effective way to create a closed system and reduce risk of aerosolization when ventilating. Would it then be reasonable to go directly to the SGA in the setting of VSAs, to further protect all those involved in the resuscitation from possible aerosolization with an OPA/BVM?

Questions regarding intubation. Should we be opting for aggressive airway management with intubation or SGA on VSA patients as well as severely obtunded non-asthmatic patients where patient presentation would allow? Should this take precedence over ACLS drugs during cardiac arrest? When intubated with inline filter in place are we permitted to BVM an normal rate?

Question: The latest Memo regarding oxygen delivery states "IN ALL CASES where adult patients require high concentration oxygen, use high-concentration/low flow masks with a hydrophobic submicron filter" and then later reads that high concentration oxygen be avoided unless SGA. The instructions for the FLO2MAX mask our service carries instructs you to set the oxygen flow-meter to 15lpm, or to level prescribed by a physician. What do you recommend we set the flow meter at if we use these masks?

Question: What is the best method to cover the King LT suction port? You mentioned this practice during your 2nd podcast.

Question: Why is SGA preferred over ETT during the pandemic? Will I be penalized if I have to intubate someone?

Question: Can a PCP insert a King LT in a non-VSA patient with a GCS of 3 under the direction of an ACP?

Question: I have a quick question on the PCP supraglottic airway medical directive. What is the rationale for the "must be VSA" condition on the directive for PCP, yet ACP's can use it as a back-up device for failed airway management. Would it not make more sense to make the conditions for PCP something like "Patient must have a GCS=3 and other airway management is inadequate or ineffective"?

The issue here could be two-fold. First, if BVM ventilation is ineffective as a PCP, there is nothing you can fall back on, whereas the ACP can use either ETI or a SGA as indicated. If this ineffective BVM situation occurs as a PCP and the patient is GCS=3, why can't we insert a SGA as a rescue device for ineffective BVM ventilation?

Secondly, with some new evidence beginning to show that SGA's may actually not be as great as we thought in VSA patients, is there a risk we could abandon them entirely from the PCP level, in essence "throwing the baby out with the bathwater" and abandoning a valuable device simply because the conditions for its use were restrictive.

Also, do you have any idea when the new revised BLS standards may be coming out from the MOHLTC? I'm hoping there are new evidence based oxygen therapy guidelines. Any thoughts? Thanks.

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