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Classic Bougie Style

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Rapid Review

Real time too slow for you? This high speed selection will jog your memory, give you the highlights, and prime you for what comes next. ⏩

be a good assistant

The choreography of bougie-assisted intubation requires that you be in sync with the intubator. Watch this to ensure you know the basic responsibilities and timing of your role.

Full video – assisted bougie technique

Take some time to dig into the details and watch this full procedure video on the classic bougie technique. If you don’t have a partner it can be done solo but works great with two!


  1. Look for this tabletop card
  2. Snap the QR codes
  3. Begin your practice
Microskills & gestures

Watch any expert closely and you will see that it’s the little details that matter, those subtle gestures that separate the amateur from the pro. Go ahead and review this collection of microskills & gestures for the assisted bougie so that you can perform this procedure flawlessly. Even better, grab a bougie, tube & syringe and follow along to encode those tactile skills into your long-term memory at home or at one of our coaching stations

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Troubleshooting Tips

When you get into trouble you need a real-time set of rapid troubleshooting techniques for for the bougie. We compile them all for you here.

what’s your bougie hang-up?

In bougie speak, “hang-up” often refers to issues that occur with tube delivery, but before that, the bougie itself can often get “hung-up” on anatomic structures as it travels from hypo-pharynx to distal trachea. Here’s a quick guide on the most common spots where this can occur and what to do about it base on the location.

supercharge your bougie rotation

Rotating the bougie can help you get that coude tip off the tracheal rings, but what is the best technique?

THe bedside bougie bend

What do you do when you need more bend in the bougie at the moment of intubation but your hands are full? Here’s a neat trick for you.

curated FOAMED

We curate some of the best FOAMed resources so you can dive deeper into this topic and also build your learning network. Follow some of these great educators for great learning. We do!!

This video was created 12 years ago and remains a classic. No bougie learning would be complete without it. We recommend watching all of John’s videos.

AOD is another great FOAMED resource for building your airway learning network. They regularly post great videos like this one.

Rotate clockwise

And this great troubleshooting tip.


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