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Supraglottic Airway Placement During Cardiac Arrest

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By now you should understand the important role supraglottic devices play in the initial care of the cardiac arrest patient.

Now go ahead and listen here, and then spend some time with these important airway lifelines.

The Digital Learning Space


Rapid Review

Clinical Indications

Quickly review the scenarios in which you might find a supraglottic airway beneficial. Go ahead and review the potential contraindications, and then head to the procedure videos before its time for some hands-on practice.

Some contraindications

Sometimes a supraglottic might be a bad choice during cardiac arrest, or it may be difficult. Here is a rapid review and some other predictors of difficulty.

Procedure Videos

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 techniques for each. For a deeper dive and full instruction videos, visit our Join the OxygeNATION learning space.

the igel

Easy to place and no inflation required

lma (the classic)

Easy to use, requires inflation. Found almost everywhere (you probably have one).

The King LT Airway

Often used in the pre-hospital setting. If you work in an emergency department, you should recognize and know how to manage them. We couldn’t decide which version of the video we liked best, so we’re sharing both of them.

Dive Deeper

Are you sure you want to leave this learning space? You can always come back later.

The Physical Learning Space

Guided Practice

HANDS-ON training

Remember, if you’re in one of our pop-up learning spaces or a PAC Live event, find this icon and use the multimedia tools for hands-on guided practice.

  1. Look for this icon.
  2. Snap the QR code.
  3. Begin your hands-on practice.
  4. Get feedback on your skills.

Don’t forget to ask our faculty coaches for real-time expert feedback and earn points!

Earn Points

  1. Open the guide to a tab on your browser.
  2. Visit each poster & review the content.
  3. Complete any challenges to earn points.

The Bottom Line

  • Don’t forget this valuable device during a cardiac arrest
  • SADs are a simple & effective upper airway lifeline
  • Require less technical skill than laryngoscopy or FMV
  • Be familiar with the devices used by your institution

What’s Next


Congratulations! You’ve completed this section of the learning space. Collect all the available points before moving on to the next poster to explore all the interactive and hands-on learning opportunities. 

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