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The Preloaded Bougie

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insta airway- loop it and enjoy!!

The evolution of the preloaded bougie technique means a single operator can streamline their bougie use. Watch the rapid review video here of the d-grip preloaded style by PAC faculty @ResusOnTheRoad then go ahead and take a deep dive into all the rest of the content. Enjoy 😊

Full Procedure video – Dgrip preloaded

Need more than the rapid review? Here’s a full demonstration of the preloaded bougie technique.

Self-Practice Visualization Audio Guide

Guided visualization is a valuable training tool. Use this audio to walk yourself through the steps of a preloaded bougie intubation until it you can do it on your own without the audio.


It’s the little details that matter, and we’ve captured all of them here with our helpful GIFs. Go ahead and review this collection of microskills 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 🧠👇.

Troubleshooting Tips 🛠

When things go wrong you need to be able diagnose the problem and address it in real time. That means having a toolbox of troubleshooting skills for common problems. Spend some time reviewing these and add them to your toolbox.

The bougie is too short!

NOTE: not all bougies are the same length. For this preloaded bougie technique we recommend a 70cm length to introducer to ensure your able to secure it in the trachea.

Curated FOAMed

Pick up some great airway pearls related to this topic and build your learning network by checking out the curated FOAM educators we have for you here. 🧼

One of our favorite FOAM educators! Dr Yen Chow and his great video on the preloaded bougie. Pay particular attention to how he holds it. Then follow him on Twitter for regular airway pearls (we do).

A word of caution

Dr Kovacs is another great FOAMed educator you should add to your learning network. Here he gives some good counterpoint to the preloaded bougie. The key takeaway for me is don’t use a short bougie and remember to make sure you pull it tight so that you have enough bougie!


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