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Supraglottic Airway Devices


what you’ll find here

  • Review of SAD devices
  • Procedure skills for SAD
  • Self-practice and In person learning
  • Integration with cognitive tools

Here’s a good idea 💡When you start your intern year take a peek in the airway carts at your institution and familiarize yourself with the device(s) they stock.

Jonathan St George MD

rapid review – SAD Placement

There are a number of supraglottic airway devices (SAD) out there so it’s good to be familiar with the various types. In this space we have a little fun with our survey of common devices: doing a rapid review of insertion technique for each. Then we get down to business and take a deeper dive into the full instruction videos, clinical pearls, and troubleshooting tips you need to feel comfortable with these important devices.

Dive Deep 🤿

This space is organized to bring you the most rapid and essential knowledge first. After that, go ahead and customize your learning by exploring what’s important to you in the content below. Look for the ✋emoji for learning that has an associated hands on component for in person learners.

IGel placement ✋
Classic LMA (requires inflating a cuff/mask) ✋
King LT (often used in prehospital setting) ✋
Part of the Vortex Approach – Click Me 👆

Remember, a SAD is one of three upper airway lifelines that can delivery lifesaving oxygen to your patient. Use it as part of the Vortex Approach to make it a more powerful tool to achieve your goal of implementing the 1st law of emergency airway.

Troubleshooting Tips – Click Me 👆

Like every upper airway lifeline, your first effort may not work. If your first attempt fails you need to be able to rapidly optimize to achieve your best effort. We call this the Oxygenation Cycle and you can find more in this space.

Curated FOAMED

Watch Dr Jose Torres – part of the PAC collaborative teach correct LMA placement technique on #Insta 👍

Supraglottic airway devices in cardiac arrest care
With Chris Root MD
the bottom line

  • Don’t forget this valuable rescue device
  • SADs are an effective upper airway lifeline
  • They come in a variety of forms, so you need to be familiar with more than one type of device
  • Simple design and placement makes them a great option in an emergency
Training labs, coaching, simulations!!

For in person events look for the✋emoji next to content in this space, and seek out all the training labs, expert coaching, and simulation challenges to help you master essential concepts and skills.


For in person learners, locate any of the posters below within the installation to continue your training. Then snap the QR codes embedded within them to access the learning space. Look for the ✋emoji for integrated hands on training opportunities.

Online learning only

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