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i-gel supraglottic airway

Created: 23/4/2010
Updated: 6/12/2017
The i-gel is a single use, supraglottic airway management device.

Made from a medical grade thermoplastic elastomer, the i-gel has been designed to create a non-inflatable, anatomical seal of the pharyngeal, laryngeal and perilaryngeal structures while avoiding compression trauma.

The i-gel is currently available in seven sizes.

Figure 1: The i-gel

Benefits of i-gel

•Made from a unique, soft, gel-like material to allow ease of insertion and reduced trauma.
•Gastric channel designed to improve and enhance patient safety.
•Integral bite-block reduces the possibility of airway channel occlusion.
•Virtually eliminates rotation.
•Reduces the possibility of epiglottis downfolding and obstructing the airway.
•Unique packaging protects the i-gel in transit and ensures that it maintains its anatomical shape.

 i-gel site


[i] Successful use of the i-gel airway in prone position surgery. Senthil Kumar M, Pandey R, Khanna P. Paediatric Anaesthesia. 2009 Feb; 19(2): 176-7

[ii] Influence of airway management strategy on ‘no-flow-time’ in a standardized single rescuer manikin scenario (a comparison between LTS-D and i-gel: Wiese CHR, Bahr J, Popov AF, Hinz JM, Graf BM. Resuscitation 80 (2009) 100-103

[iii] The i-gel, a single-use supraglottic airway device with a non-inflatable cuff and an esophageal vent: An observational study in children: Beylacq L, Bordes M, Semjen F, Cros AM. Acta Anaesthesiol Scand 2009; 53: 376-379

[iv] i-gel in pediatric surgery

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