Background: Despite decades of experience with endotracheal intubation, we continue to find approaches to improving the process of how we intubate. In this talk at Rebellion in EM 2019, Rob J. Bryant, MD gave a 14 minute 12 second talk on 3 things that have changed the way he intubates (Back Up Head Elevated - BUHE, Bougie 1st Intubation, & Team Management).
Background: Emergency intubation in the ED is a potentially life-saving procedure in critically ill patients, but does have risks associated with it as we have discussed before on this blog. The authors of the study we are going to review today described a first-attempt intubation success (FPS) rate in the ED to be 85%, despite new technologies such as video laryngoscopy . Successful endotracheal intubation on the initial attempt is vital as it reduces the likelihood of adverse events. Use of the bougie as the primary intubation approach may increase FPS but it is typically reserved as a rescue device only after failed intubation attempts. This is the first randomized controlled trial comparing the bougie vs endotracheal tube + stylet (ETT + stylet) in ED patients with at least 1 characteristic predictive of difficult intubation. The trial is titled the Bougie use in Emergency Airway Management (BEAM) trial....Read More
Background: Successful first-pass endotracheal intubation is the desired outcome of all ER physicians as this can stave off hypoxemia and aspiration. The bougie is one tool we have in our armamentarium that may be able to help with intubation. Many providers use this device as a rescue device after a failed attempt at intubation, instead of as a primary device in intubation. This study sought to investigate the use of the bougie as a primary intubation device (Bougie 1st Intubation) in the ED instead of as a backup or adjunct in the ED....Read More