The cuffed oropharyngeal airway (COPA) was evaluated as an adjunct to oral and nasal fibreoptic tracheal intubation in 40 adult patients during general anaesthesia. Time from start to completion of intubation decreased rapidly with experience (median time 138 s). We conclude that the COPA may be a useful adjunct to fibreoptic tracheal intubation, allowing control and support of the airway during the procedure, using various anaesthetic techniques, in an acceptable amount of time. The ability to perform fibreoptic tracheal intubation while effectively supporting the airway using the COPA may be advantageous in managing the difficult airway and in trainee education.
- Equipment, airway
- Equipment, cuffs tracheal
- Intubation tracheal
- Intubation tracheal, difficult
- Intubation tracheal, training
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine