The Gum Elastic Bougie: An Airway Alternative

Verbal, K. Dawn
August 2010
International Student Journal of Nurse Anesthesia;Summer2010, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p5
Academic Journal
Case Study
A difficult airway is defined as a situation in which the "conventionally trained anesthesiologist experiences difficulty with mask ventilation or intubation". Although direct laryngoscopy is the accepted practice for endotracheal intubation, there are several alternative techniques available to the anesthesia practitioner. The gum elastic bougie or Eschman Introducer is a technique to consider. This device is simple to use, very portable and less costly than many alternative devices currently on the market. Direct visualization of the vocal cords is not necessary and in most instances this technique can be performed safely by one practitioner in a timely manner.


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