Comparison of oropharyngeal leak pressure between the Ambu® AuraGain™ and the LMA® Supreme™ supraglottic airways: a randomized-controlled trial

Can J Anaesth. 2018 Jul;65(7):797-805. doi: 10.1007/s12630-018-1120-4. Epub 2018 Mar 26.


Purpose: Studies comparing the recently introduced Ambu® AuraGain™ (Auragain) with the LMA® Supreme™ (Supreme) supraglottic airway (SGA) have reported conflicting results regarding differences in oropharyngeal leak pressure (OLP). This randomized-controlled trial investigated the OLP of the Auragain compared with the Supreme in patients undergoing ambulatory surgery.

Methods: Adult patients with a body mass index ≤ 40 kg·m-2 presenting for ambulatory surgery and requiring an SGA were randomized to receive either the Auragain or the Supreme. Anesthesia was induced with lidocaine (1 mg·kg-1), fentanyl (1-2 μg·kg-1), and propofol (2-3 mg·kg-1). The SGA was inserted using a standard technique with the cuff inflated to 60 cmH2O. The groups were compared for the primary outcome of OLP.

Results: One hundred sixty-five patients (n = 81, Auragain; n = 84, Supreme) completed the study. Demographics were similar between the groups. The mean (standard deviation [SD]) OLP was significantly higher in the Auragain than in the Supreme group [26.4 (2.8) cmH2O vs 21.6 (3.4) cmH2O, respectively; difference in means (MD), 4.8 cmH2O; 95% confidence interval (CI), 3.9 to 5.8; P < 0.001]. The mean (SD) insertion time was longer in the Auragain than in the Supreme group [13 (4) sec vs 11 (3) sec, respectively; MD, 2 sec; 95% CI, 1 to 3 sec; P < 0.001].

Conclusion: In patients undergoing ambulatory anesthesia, the OLP was higher but took longer to insert with the Auragain than with the Supreme. A higher OLP may allow for SGAs to be utilized in a wider range of patients and procedures.

Trial registration: (NCT02816463). Registered 28 June 2016.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Airway Management / adverse effects
  • Airway Management / instrumentation*
  • Ambulatory Surgical Procedures*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Laryngeal Masks*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Oropharynx
  • Pressure

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