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2022 Jul 05

J Med Case Rep



Modified jaw thrust I-gel insertion technique in adults: a case series.


Kumar D
J Med Case Rep. 2022 Jul 05; 16(1):262.
PMID: 35787820.


The I-gel is a second-generation supraglottic airway device that is built with a noninflatable elliptical gel material cuff and has a wide semirigid stem. The I-gel supralaryngeal seal has shown promising efficacy for both spontaneous and controlled ventilation under general anesthesia. The recommended, standard I-gel insertion technique is relatively challenging due to its shape and cuff size. Usually, the I-gel becomes entrapped at the oral cavity and requires excessive force to negotiate across the oropharynx, resulting in insertion resistance, tongue obstruction, insertion failure, and intraoral trauma. This case series evaluated a modified jaw thrust I-gel insertion technique because it is claimed to allow smooth and atraumatic I-gel placement in adults.