Date Published

April 6, 2021

Updated For

ALS PCS Version ALS PCS Version 5.2


Since COVID supraglottic airways are highly recommended to be placed in a VSA patient prior to CPR. Is this for medical VSAs or does this apply to traumatic as well?


This applies to both medical and trauma cardiac arrest cases.  By placing an SGA early in resuscitation, it minimizes aerosolized particles, and risk the paramedic, bystanders etc. during the pandemic.

Other important clinical factors to take into consideration are to 1) minimize time on scene with traumatic cardiac arrest patients, who will benefit most from expedient transport to hospital, and 2) to ensure none of the contraindications of SGA placement are met, in these patients.



Cardiac Arrest, COVID-19, SGA, Trauma

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