We would like to thank Dr. Fu-Shan Xue and his colleagues for their interest in our study on the use of the gum elastic bougie (GEB) for endotracheal intubation. We appreciate the thoughtful and insightful comments written in the letter and we can certainly address a few of their concerns and queries.
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Published online: February 06, 2015
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- Use of the Gum Elastic Bougie During Endotracheal Intubation in Emergent Patients with Difficult AirwaysJournal of Emergency MedicineVol. 48Issue 4
- PreviewIn the interesting article by Shah et al. that determined the success rate of endotracheal intubation using a gum elastic bougie (GEB) in the emergency department, the authors found that the GEB had a success rate of 73.7% when utilized as a rescue airway in patients with difficult airways, and the characteristics of “palpable clicks” and “hold-up” were unreliable (1). There are several aspects of the methods and results of this study that should be clarified and discussed.