Comparison of three supraglottic airway devices for blind tracheal intubation by novice practitioners: A randomized manikin study

Sonmez O., ÇOLAK N., BAYRAM B., Kara S. G., Halac S. S.

Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine, vol.24, no.2, pp.97-102, 2024 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 24 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.4103/tjem.tjem_170_23
  • Journal Name: Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.97-102
  • Keywords: Airway management supraglottic airway devices, Ambu Aura-i, Cookgas Air-Q, endotracheal intubation, laryngeal mask, laryngeal mask airway, LMA Fastrach
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


OBJECTIVES: Supraglottic airway (SGA) devices are good alternatives for failed intubations or difficult airways. The aim of our study was to compare the success of intubation with SGA devices such as LMA Fastrach® (LMA Fastrach), Ambu Aura-i® (Aura-i), and Cookgas Air-Q® (Air-Q) in an airway manikin by novice practitioners. METHODS: This study was conducted in a randomized crossover design using a manikin model. Following training on the equipment used, 36 6th-year medical students were randomized into six groups. Participants performed three stages of intubation as follows: the first stage (1S) as SGA insertion, the second stage (2S) as intubation through the SGA, and the third stage (3S) as the removal of the SGA over the intubation tube. The primary outcomes were intubation success and duration. RESULTS: The successful intubation rate (Stage 1S + 2S + 3S) was 100% for LMA Fastrach and Air-Q and 83.3% for Aura-i (P = 0.002). The median time to intubation was 54.4 s, 55.8 s, and 58.7 s for LMA Fastrach, Aura-i, and Air-Q, respectively (P = 0.794). CONCLUSION: Our study shows that novice practitioners can proficiently utilize LMA Fastrach, Air-Q, and Aura-i as SGAs in airway management. LMA Fastrach and Air-Q are more successful for endotracheal intubation than Aura-i. While the successful intubation time with SGA is similar for all three devices, the successful SGA insertion time is shorter with LMA Fastrach and Aura-i compared to Air-Q. Practitioners preferred LMA Fastrach and Air-Q more than Aura-i.