The Role of Supraglottic Airways in Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Andrea Huang, Narasimhan Jagannathan*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Supraglottic airway (SGA) devices have been shown to be a critical tool in pediatric airway management. The role of the SGA in emergency scenarios has increased dramatically, as its advantages are widely recognized. Studies have shown that SGAs are safe and effective in providing lifesaving oxygenation and gas exchange in both the normal and difficult pediatric airway and during resuscitation. They allow for rapid oxygenation and ventilation in the vast majority of children and are the ideal rescue device for failed facemask ventilation. They are also the ideal conduits to facilitate tracheal intubation. Newer SGA devices have design features to overcome limitations found in older devices. This narrative review aims to discuss the role of SGAs for pediatric emergency medicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number552
Pages (from-to)162-171
Number of pages10
JournalClinical pediatric emergency medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015


  • Airway
  • Emergency medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Supraglottic airway

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Emergency Medicine


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