Article of the Month

Airway devices (ETT and LMAs) and Mucosal Pressures Induced by Cuffs were examined and the authors concluded "We therefore recommend adherence to the manufacturers’ guidelines and the use of a pressure gauge for cuffing all devices."

'SOFT tissue injury is an important issue in airway management. Potential hazards are direct trauma, ranging from minor superficial laceration to perforations of trachea or esophagus, or indirect trauma by impaired mucosal blood flow. Mechanisms of injury are either the insertion process per se or high pressures exerted by the artificial airways on the mucosa of surrounding anatomical structures...'

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