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Why It’s Good to Be Bougie

what you’ll find here

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

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.

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. Compare that here with the design features of the modern endotracheal tube and you will begin to see why these devices continue to matter.

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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.

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 📚


For in person learners, locate any of the posters below within the installation to continue your training. Then snap the QR codes embedded within them to access the learning space. Look for the ✋emoji for integrated hands on training opportunities.

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