New device leads airway management evolution
i-gel, a new single-use, supraglottic airway device designed for quick, easy insertion, also comes ready to use.
Intersurgical, its UK-based manufacturer, reports that the device ‘…. accurately positions itself over the laryngeal framework to provide a reliable perilaryngeal seal without the need for an inflatable cuff’. For greater safety, it also incorporates a gastric channel; an integral bite block to reduce the possibility of airway occlusion, and a buccal cavity stabilizer to aid rapid insertion and eliminate the potential for rotation.
‘The i-gel is a truly unique airway device. It represents the culmination of years of extensive research and development,’ says Intersurgical, which is inviting EH readers to see the device at Stand 20 in Euroanaesthesia 2007, 9-12 June, in Munich, Germany.
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