Sandhya A. Bakshi1, Pradeep Kumar H. G2, Vrishali R. Ankalwar3, Naresh G. Tirpude4
OBJECTIVE: A Prospective study was carried out to evaluate the clinical efficacy of ILMA for endotracheal intubation in patients with normal airway in terms of technical feasibility, problems encountered, hemodynamic responses and pharyngo-laryngeal complications and also to get acquainted with the technique.
METHODS: Seventy patients of either sex, ASA grade 1 and 2, MPG grade I and II posted for various elective orthopedic, general surgical and ENT surgeries under general anesthesia were included in the study. Method used for insertion of ILMA and endotracheal intubation were as per the standard guidelines.
RESULTS: The time required for insertion of ILMA and intubation, number of attempts required for successful insertion and intubation, manipulations required and success rate for ILMA insertion and intubation, along with hemodynamic changes and postoperative pharyngo-laryngeal complications were recorded.
CONCLUSIONS: The ILMA can be used as a mean of endotracheal intubation with high success rate, good hemodynamic stability and minimal incidence of pharyngo-laryngeal complications.