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Archive July 2016 XVII, No. 7

Ideas That Work: A Simple Trick to Seat LMAs Perfectly


A Simple Trick to Seat LMAs Perfectly

Here's a cool, atraumatic way to seat the LMA perfectly every time — without poking your fingers in the patient's mouth. Ask the patient to open his mouth wide just as you're ready to bolus him with propofol IV. As the jaw slackens, just drop the LMA into the still-open mouth without touching the teeth or the sides of the oral cavity. You have to time it perfectly, but once you get the hang of it, it's a very classy move.

Jayesh Dayal, MD
White Flint Surgery
Rockville, Md.

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