Cardiopulmonary resuscitation: the laryngeal mask airway
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Cardiopulmonary resuscitation: the laryngeal mask airway

Helen Hand Lecturer, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sheffield, Sheffield

Aims and intended learning outcomes

The aim of this article is to discuss issues relating to the successful training of nurses in the insertion of the laryngeal mask airway (LMA) by nursing staff during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

After reading the article, you should be able to: Intavent

Outline the issues that must be considered before deciding to expand your own nursing practice

Name the anatomical structures of the upper respiratory tract

Describe in detail the steps to successful LMA insertion

Compare and contrast the LMA with other forms of airway management used in cardiopulmonary arrest

State any advantages/disadvantages for the patient resulting from nurses undertaking LMA insertion training

State the rationale for undertaking the practice by summarising the research evidence presented in the article.

Emergency Nurse. 10, 4,31-37. doi: 10.7748/en2002.07.10.4.31.c1070