The laryngeal mask airway is the newest tool for airway management during the perianesthesia period. This device has joined other resuscitation equipment on emergency carts. Critical care nurses must be prepared to care for patients for whom laryngeal mask airways are indicated and used. A solid understanding of the purpose and placement of the laryngeal mask airway is necessary for safe removal of the device. Policies and procedures should be developed to define standards of care and responsibilities for care of patients with a laryngeal mask airway.

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