The Baska Mask is the first third generation Supraglottic Airway
Silicone rubber requires lubrication before use. Inadequate lubrication will make the Baska Mask difficult to insert.
Lubricate both the dorsal and ventral surfaces with water-soluble lubricant before use. The tongue will catch on the mask if it is not adequately lubricated.
Lubricate the patient’s lips before insertion.
Extend the patient’s head.
Open the mouth. There is no need to pull on the jaw.
Hold the Baska mask by the stem and insert it until there is some resistance.
Do not twist or turn the Baska Mask during insertion.
The tab can be pulled if required to increase the curvature of the mask to help negotiate the palato-pharyngeal curve. In practice, this is rarely required.
Confirm that the mask is in the correct position by observing for air movement during spontaneous respiration or by gently ventilating the patient.
If adjustment is required withdraw the mask 5mm at a time until satisfied.
Secure the mask in place with adhesive tape.
Suction can be attached to the mask at any time. High suction can be applied during insertion and removal and at intervals during the surgery. If continuous suction is required we recommend reducing the flow to avoid drying the mucosa.
The Baska Mask, Baska FESS and Baska EBUS are single use. The Baska Balum can be cleaned and sterilised by following the directions supplied in the packaging.