i-gel® from Intersurgical: clinical evidence listing

A comprehensive list of all known published clinical evidence on the device

Non-Conventional Utilization of the Aintree Intubating Catheter to Facilitate Exchange Between Three Supraglottic Airways and an Endotracheal Tube: A Cadaveric Trial.

Lopez NT, McCoy SK, Carroll C, Jones E, Miller JA. Mil Med. 2018 Jun 19 [Epub ahead of print]

Prospective crossover study on cadavers to measure airway exchange on three pre-placed supraglottic airways: King LT, i-gel and LMA Unique. Participants, recruited from emergency medical personnel in a training lab, rated the difficulty level of placement of each airway device. Successful exchange equalled proper placement of the ETT in the trachea. Authors conclude the i-gel superior for blind airway exchange with an ETT in this set up.

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Current practice patterns of supraglottic airway device usage in paediatric patients amongst anaesthesiologists: A nationwide survey.

Jain RA, Parikh DA, Malde AD, Balasubramanium B. Indian J Anaesth. 2018 Apr;62(4):269-279

This survey was sent to over 16,000 members of the Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists and given to delegates at the Asian Society of Paediatric Anaesthesiologists conference 2017. Percentage, mean and standard deviation were calculated. Results showed i-gel was the most commonly used device (60%) and 75% of respondents had access to second-generation supraglottic airways.

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Endotracheal intubation versus supraglottic airway placement in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: a meta-analysis

Benoit et al. Resuscitation. 2015 Aug;93:20-6

A literature search was carried out in PubMed, Scopus, and the Cochrane database. Studies where intubation and SADs were compared in prehospital cardiac arrest patients were found and a meta-analysis was carried out. Outcomes measured were ROSC, survival to hospital admission, survival to hospital discharge, and neurologically intact survival until discharge.

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Success rate of airway devices insertion: laryngeal mask airway versus supraglottic gel device.

Pournajafian A, Alimian M, Rokhtabnak F, Ghodraty M, Mojri M. Anesth Pain Med. 2015 Mar 30;5(2):e22068.

61 patients were randomised for cLMA or I-gel insertion for brief orthopaedic surgery. Insertion time, success/failure rate, and incidence of complications (sore throat, hoarseness, bleeding) were all recorded. The devices were comparable, with a low incidence of complications overall and no instances of blood in the airway or on the device. The I-gel is therefore an acceptable alternative to the LMA Classic.

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Layperson mouth-to-mask ventilation using a modified i-gel laryngeal mask after brief onsite instruction: a manikin-based feasibility trial.

Schälte G, Bomhard LT, Rossaint R, Coburn M, Stoppe C, Zoremba N, Rieg A. BMJ Open. 2016 May 12;6(5):e010770.

100 participants were presented with a manikin and an airway management package containing a labelled i-gel and a mouthpiece with a filter which connected to the i-gel connector. They were given a sheet of instruction and attempted to ventilate the manikin. Time to ventilation, success rate, i-gel position and direction, and participant age and first aid experience were recorded. Participants rated their success and the ease of use, stated whether they would use the device in an emergency, and stated whether they would feel comfortable performing ventilation with the device. The three devices were generally comparable. However, the i-gel was quicker to insert, most likely due to the lack of inflatable cuff. The incidence and severity of both perioperative and postoperative complications was low.

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