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The King Airway

The King Airway

Starting April 1 2009 UVM Rescue and the remainder of District 3 began using a new advanced airway device. The King Airway replaced the combitube as the advanced airway device for EMT‐Intermediates. Under a research waiver, District 3 will be leading this pilot project. Data collected from the project will compare the success rate of the King Airway compared to older Combitube data.

Across the board, the King Airway is becoming the national standard as the pre‐hospital airway device. It offers many advantages over the outdated Combitube:

5 New Sizes­ The King Airway offers 5 different sizes, allowing for placement in individuals as short as 3 feet. This will dramatically improve the standard of care for pediatric patients.
Single lumen device­ The King Airway is specifically designed for placement in the esophagus. There have been no documented cases of a tracheal placement.
Ease of Intubation­ Due to the unique design of the King Airway, Emergency Department personnel will easily be able to alter the airway to perform an intubation. A small hole is placed near the tracheal opening which allows a technician to use a laryngoscope to insert a small catheter (gum bougie) and subsequently intubate the patient.
Latex free­ Since the King Airway is free of latex, there will no longer be complications due to allergies.
Reduced throat trauma- The King Airway is smaller and better fitted than the Combitube, which will reduce esophageal and tracheal trauma caused by the EMT‐Intermediate

The Old Combitube

The New King Airways

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