The use of the laryngeal mask airway and Combitube in cardiopulmonary resuscitation; a national survey

Resuscitation. 2002 Feb;52(2):183-6. doi: 10.1016/s0300-9572(01)00461-0.


The laryngeal mask airway (LMA) and Combitube have been recommended for use during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). An overview of current practice was sought by conducting a postal survey of 265 Resuscitation Training Departments, at different hospitals, throughout the UK. One hundred fifty-three (58%) completed questionnaires were returned. Only 38 (25%) hospitals which replied were currently using the LMA in resuscitation while seven (5%) were using the Combitube. The reasons for not using these airway adjuvants included concerns about airway protection, difficulties in training, cost, and the concept that when anaesthetists were available on cardiac arrest teams these devices were unnecessary.

MeSH terms

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation*
  • Data Collection
  • Humans
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / instrumentation*
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / statistics & numerical data
  • Laryngeal Masks / statistics & numerical data*
  • United Kingdom