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Why It’s Good to Be Bougie

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  • Expanded clinical indications
  • Design benefits of tube introducers
  • Discussion of TIs in the age of VL

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INTRODUCTION – start here

Rapid Review

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Tube Introducers vs endotracheal tubes – what’s the difference?

What is the reason tube introducers continue to evolve and expand their role in airway management? It’s because they are designed with a single purpose: to enhance tube delivery. Review this quick comparison of the common design features of tube introducers vs the design features of the modern endotracheal tube and you’ll begin to see their advantage when it comes to intubation success.

When most people think of tube introducers they think of the standard blue bougie, and then only as a difficult airway adjunct, but evidence suggests it has an expanding number of roles in clinical practice. Here are just a few.

design with purpose

Many people ask us, do you even need to learn about tube introducers in the age of VL? I thought they were a relic of the DL age? Well, not so fast. Let’s talk about the design features and intention of the bougie to help explain why they remain a valuable part of your airway practice.

A hit of EBM

Evidence Based Bougie – How do tube introducers stack up when compared to stylets?

clinical pearl

Something to consider as you work on your bougie skills. It can be more than just a backup plan📚

foam resource

@JohnCSakles is one of our favorite FOAMed airway educators. He is in our extended learning network. Take a moment and put him in yours. You’ll be glad you did 📚


Dive into some the most intriguing and practice changing papers published on this topic. We’ve gone to the source and collected what we think are the ones you should definitely know about.


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