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TTR – Supraglottic Airway Devices



what you’ll find here

  • Don’t forget this valuable rescue device
  • It’s simple to place and easy to learn, which makes is a perfect choice when oxygen levels are dropping, and stress levels are at their peak.


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.

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 then one they stock.

Jonathan St George MD


iGel – (Our favorite device…oh we have no conflicts to disclose we just like it)
King LT (often used in prehospital setting)
Classic LMA (requires inflating a cuff/mask)
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.

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

  • 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
what’s next 👇👇
step one ☝️ practice at the training lab station at your own pace
step two ✌️ when your ready visit the coaching station for feedback

Training labs and coaching stations are embedded in this space for you to use: first practice at the training lab to at your own pace. Then go ahead and engage one of our faculty coaches for real-time feedback. 👍

More In person learning

Locate any of the posters below to continue your training. Snap the QR codes embedded within them to access the learning space. (tap on any image below for more detail about them).

Online learning only

For remote learning only: you can use the link below to see the complete set of learning spaces available to you in this series.

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