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Why It’s Good to Be Bougie



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In this space, let’s discuss why it’s okay to be bougie. You may wonder why this “accessory” to intubation is still around. The evidence suggests expanded possibilities for their use beyond backup or rescue devices for difficult airways, and there are some good reasons for this.

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Enhanced Digital Content

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What’s the Difference?

Why do tube introducers continue evolving and expanding their airway management role? It’s because they’re designed with a single purpose: tracheal access and enhanced tube delivery. Let’s quickly compare some of the common design features of tube introducers vs. the design features of modern endotracheal tubes. Then, you’ll begin to see their advantage in intubation success.

Expanding Indications

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.

Core Concepts

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.

Some Evidence

There’s some good evidence that tube introducers like the standard bougie can improve first pass success. Some clinicians, particularly those in emergency settings have seen this potentially game changing evidence, and shifted to a “bougie first” mindset.

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

Curated Social Network

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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 📚

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Return to the Source

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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