oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - Damaged Proseal LMA cuff at the inflation line site : letters
We would like to report a problem we encountered with laryngeal mask airway (LMA)-Proseal (The Laryngeal Mask Company (UK) Limited), intended for use in a healthy 30-year-old female presenting for an elective orthopaedic procedure. During the routine pre-insertion preparation, whilst we were deflating the LMA-Proseal with a gentle pull on the inflation line, the inflation line along with the pilot balloon broke at the point of its attachment to the cuff (Figure 1). As a buffer stock of the same size was not available at that time, Classic LMA was used for the procedure. This Proseal LMA had been cleaned and sterilised as per the manufacturer guidelines but we have no record of the number of times it had been autoclaved and used.
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