Outpatient Surgery Magazine

Date Published: 
June 2003

Does LMA equal GA?

Re: "7 keys to Fast-Track Anesthesia" (March, page 52).
While Dr. Larry Grossman acknowledges that laryngeal mask airways (LMAs) are tolerated at lighter levels of sedation, the article failed to mention that the mere insertion of an LMA transforms a sedation or Class B anesthetic into a Class C or general anesthetic, according to the AAAASF (a plastic surgeon founded accreditation group). The insanity of this AAAASF proposition means that in Florida, for instance, an anesthesiologist doing propofol-ketamine (PK), a non-triggering anesthetic technique, who needs an LMA is then required to have an anesthesia machine and dantrolene despite the fact that Dr. Rebecca Twersky has clearly stated in her ASA guide to safe office anesthesia that it is safe to give non-triggering anesthetic without an anesthesia machine (and by inference dantrolene).

Barry L. Friedberg, M.D.
Corona del Mar, CA

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