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Anaesthesia. 1993 Jan;48(1):33-7.

Training nursing staff in airway management for resuscitation. A clinical comparison of the facemask and laryngeal mask.

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Department of Anaesthetics, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Australia.


The place of the laryngeal mask in emergency airway management by nonanaesthetists has yet to be established. We have compared the tidal volume achieved by nurses during hand ventilation using standard resuscitation equipment with a facemask, with or without a Guedel airway, and following placement of a laryngeal mask in the same patients. The tidal volumes measured while using the laryngeal mask were significantly greater (p < 0.01) than those measured during facemask ventilation.

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