Double-lumen tracheal tubes and bougies: a bench study to investigate factors that influence the risk of shearing

D. G.P. Luther, H. F. Robertson, I. Suchett-Kaye, A. Birch, M. Molyneux*

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Abstract

Tracheal intubation with a double-lumen tube can be more challenging than with a single-lumen tube. A bougie can be used to facilitate intubation. Case reports have described fragment shearing from bougies when they are removed from the tube after intubation. These fragments have the potential to cause harm. It has even been suggested that bougies and double-lumen tubes should not be used together. We conducted a benchtop trial to investigate factors that influence the risk of shearing. We investigated three brands of double-lumen tube (each in three sizes and both lateralities) and four brands of bougie. We simulated one intubation and 29 further insertions/removals of bougie with every bougie–double-lumen tube combination. We inspected the inside of the tube for evidence of shearing after first, tenth and thirtieth removals. We found that brand of bougie, brand of double-lumen tube and size of double-lumen tube (but not its laterality) all influenced the degree of shearing. Certain bougie–double-lumen tube combinations produced a particularly high degree of shearing, so these should be avoided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)891-895
Number of pages5
JournalAnaesthesia
Volume74
Issue number7
Early online date9 May 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019

Keywords

  • double-lumen tube placement
  • endobronchial intubation

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