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Emerg Med J. 2014 Jun;31(6):505-7. doi: 10.1136/emermed-2012-202126. Epub 2013 Apr 10.

Introduction of the I-gel supraglottic airway device for prehospital airway management in a UK ambulance service.

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Department of Clinical Care and Patient Safety, North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.

Abstract

AIM:

To clinically review the use of basic and advanced airway management techniques within the North East Ambulance Service National Health Service Foundation Trust (NEAS) for cardiac arrests following the introduction of the i-gel.

METHOD:

Two retrospective clinical audits were carried out over a monthly period (May 2011 and January 2012) using electronic and paper NEAS patient records.

RESULTS:

This audit confirmed that a range of basic and/or advanced airway management techniques are being successfully used to manage the airways of cardiac arrest patients. I-gel is emerging as a popular choice for maintaining and securing the airway during prehospital cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Success rates for i-gel insertion are higher (94%, 92%) than endotracheal (ET) tube insertion (90%, 86%). Documentation of the airway management method was poor in 11% of the records. The Quality Improvement Officers addressed this by providing individual feedback.

CONCLUSIONS:

I-gel shows a higher success rate in cardiac arrest patients compared to the ET tube. Staff who chose to use methods other than i-gel indicated this was a confidence issue when using new equipment. The re-audit indicated an upward trend in the popularity of i-gel; insertion is faster with a higher success rate, which allows the crew to progress with the other resuscitation measures more promptly. Airway soiling and aspiration beforehand have been reasons staff resort to ET intubation. It is anticipated by the authors that i-gel will emerge as the first choice of airway management device in prehospital cardiac arrests.

KEYWORDS:

airway; cardiac arrest; equipment evaluation; paramedics, clinical management; prehospital care

PMID:
23576232
DOI:
10.1136/emermed-2012-202126
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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