Intubation aids

Claas Siegmueller


Listed here are devices which will help with the placement of an endotracheal tube. Their purpose is  primarily to facilitate the actual passing of an endotracheal tube through the glottis rather than to help with laryngoscopy.

One way of classifying these devices is by their working principle:

  • Devices which help with intubation using a variation of the Seldinger technique (Gum-elastic bougie, Airway exchange catheters, Aintree catheter, Frova intubating introducer)
  • Devices which facilitate ET tube steering towards and through the glottis (Magill forceps, Aillon tube bender, ET tube stylets)

Again, the list of equipment is not exhaustive and there are many more devices available. This is just what we use in our practice.