The esophageal obturator airway: a reassessment of use by paramedics

Annals of Emergency Medicine
R R BassR C Hunt


A study was undertaken to determine the incidence of failures and complications of EGTA. The life history of 31 airways was followed. Ten failed prior to 5 usages. Paramedics successfully intubated 88% of the patients but experienced difficulties maintaining adequate airways in 15%. While the EGTA is a valuable tool in prehospital care, its utilization to the exclusion of endotracheal intubation should be carefully considered.


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