I-Gel: A Rescue Intubation Device in Unanticipated Difficult Intubation for Emergency Laparotomy


The “i-gel” is a newer, non-inflatable supraglottic airway device for clinical use and also for resuscitation purposes. It has also been found to be a useful ventilation and intubation device in anticipated simulated difficult airway situations. However, its use in unanticipated difficult airway situations in emergency set up has not been explored. We describe a case of 24 year male posted for emergency laparotomy that turned out to have an unanticipated difficult airway. Attempts to intubation and ProSeal Laryngeal Mask Airway insertion failed. However, “i-gel” proved to be a very handy intubating conduit in this critical situation.

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L. Gupta, K. Chaudhary and P. Bhadoria, "I-Gel: A Rescue Intubation Device in Unanticipated Difficult Intubation for Emergency Laparotomy," Open Journal of Anesthesiology, Vol. 2 No. 2, 2012, pp. 44-46. doi: 10.4236/ojanes.2012.22011.

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