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Laryngeal Mask Airway

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Laryngeal masks are normally incorporated in anesthesia and in emergency medical situations. A laryngeal mask airway is used for safe airway management, promoting a clear breathing path for maximal airflow during surgeries and procedures. These specialty medical masks are made up of a tube that has an inflatable cuff. This inflatable cuff is inserted into the pharynx of the patient during a procedure or even during emergency revival situations.

Aside from their relative ease of use through easier insertions, these medical masks have become a popular replacement for endotracheal tubes because they are more comfortable for patients. As part of this these masks do not cause as much coughing, which is not only more comfortable but also helps keep a patient steady during sensitive procedures. However, it should be noted that an endotracheal tube may be better for patients who are at risk of aspiration. Laryngeal mask products do not prevent the lungs from suffering from aspiration. These types of masks will not protect the lungs or airways against regurgitated materials either.

These laryngeal specialty mask airway products are motly used as an elective anesthesia. But medical professionals have also found them to be huge help in situations where it is too difficult to properly position the head or neck for endotracheal intubation; especially with potential spine injury cases.

You can look for more advanced masks that feature channels for gastric suction and the means to guide endotracheal tubes with greater ease. These improvements provide greater comfort for patients as well as quicker insertions and easier airway management.

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