Laryngeal Mask Airway: The Basics

Laryngeal Mask Airway: The Basics

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Introduction

Since its conception, the laryngeal mask airway (LMA) has rapidly become one of the most successful airway management devices. Easy to use and exceptionally versatile, the LMA can be readily employed across a wide variety of clinical scenarios by operators of all different skill levels. This tutorial will provide you with the basic knowledge required to understand how the LMA may be correctly and effectively incorporated into clinical practice. 

We appreciate this is a considerable body of information. Our goal here is to help you establish a foundation of knowledge for your future reference and for you to build upon, as you become more comfortable using LMAs in practice. One of the driving reasons behind the development of this course was the seeming lack of formal teaching when it comes to LMA use. Perhaps owing to their simple design, instruction in clinical practice usually boils down to some derivative of ‘just put it in’. By the end of this course we want you to appreciate how short-sighted this notion is. There is so much more to the LMA and with our help, hopefully you will begin to understand how and why this ingeniously simple device has become a staple of airway management. 

This course has been broken down into several manageable sections to help focus your learning. Move through each section as it is presented in the course outline. To aid your learning, some sections are followed by review questions and occasionally preceded by prior knowledge questions. The course content, videos and questions are designed to help you achieve the following learning objectives. 

Learning Objectives

Course Instructors

Dr Paul Scott

B.Com., B.A., B.Med. (Hons), FANZCA Dr Paul Scott is an Anesthetic Specialist who works privately at all hospitals in Brisbane, Australia. Paul has undertaken extensive training in anaesthesia both in Australia and overseas and has worked on 6 continents. Paul has a strong interest in medical education with a particular emphasis in Crisis Management and Error Management. Through his passion for teaching Paul developed a medical education business with a mission to improve patient and health care professional safety. PaperScalpelRock, which trains other specialists health professionals on the principals of optimising patient care in critical situations, is still delivering on that mission today. As CEO of this company, Paul developed and coordinated large teams to deliver national and international events, licensed his own IP to global corporations for international use, and develop long standing relationships with medical industry leaders. His drive to innovate and commitment to improving patient care has led him to create Scott Airway Management as a vehicle for developing and commercialising airway devices. Paul has developed a range of medical devices from napkin sketch to in-market product in under 18 months by leveraging his wide network of clinicians, industry leaders and ability to drive projects to their completion.

Dr Andrew

B.Com., B.A., B.Med. (Hons), FANZCA

Dr Andrew is an Anesthetic Specialist who works in Brisbane, Australia. 

Course Developer

Dr Gino

B.Com., B.A., B.Med. (Hons), FANZCA

Dr Gino is a Specialist who works in Brisbane, Australia. 

Special Mention

J R Brimacombe – for compiling an incredibly comprehensive body of work on the history, structure, function and applied anatomy of the LMA.

Laryngeal Mask Anesthesia: Principles and Practice, 2nd Edition. By Joseph R. Brimacombe. New York, Saunders, 2005

Tell us about yourself

Before we start, please tell us a little about yourself and your previous experience with LMAs.