[Role of the cuffed oropharyngeal airway in difficult intubations]

Rev Med Suisse Romande. 1999 Nov;119(11):919-20.
[Article in French]


The COPA is longer than a Guedel airway. It raises the base of tongue and pushes the epiglottis forward improving the airways. So it finds a place in management of difficult airway, especially when face mask ventilation failed. Some authors tried to intubate with a bougie of a fiberscope when the COPA is in place, but this is not yet a frequent use.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Decision Trees
  • Equipment Design
  • Humans
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / adverse effects*
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / instrumentation*
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / methods
  • Patient Selection