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The Use Of The I-Gel Supraglottic Airway In Pre-Hospital Resuscitation

The Use Of The I-Gel Supraglottic Airway In              Pre-Hospital Resuscitation

The i-gel (figure 1) is an innovative 2nd generation supraglottic airway with a soft, gel-like, non-inflatable cuff. The i-gel is designed to create a non-inflatable anatomical seal of the pharyngeal, laryngeal and peri-laryngeal structures. It incorporates a gastric channel to provide an early warning of regurgitation, facilitate venting of gas from the stomach, and to allow for the passing of a suction tube to empty the stomach contents. A bite block and epiglottic rest are also integrated into the device. The large diameter cylindrical airway tube is contained within a buccal cavity stabiliser, which is anatomically widened and concaved to eliminate the potential for rotation and provide vertical strength for insertion [1].


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