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Please don’t shoot the messengers!
  1. A M Mason
  1. Correspondence to:
 A M Mason
 Immediate Care Practitioner, Suffolk Accident Rescue Service; ammason{at}

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  • Competing interests: AMM is Adviser in Prehospital Care to Intavent Orthofix Ltd, distributor of the LMA in the UK. This is an unsalaried position, but AMM has received occasional payment from the company for advisory work in connection with use of the LMA and iLMA in the prehospital environment.