[PDF] Nasotracheal suctioning : 2004 revision & update

American Association for Respiratory Care
American Association for Respiratory Care
Publication date:
31 August 2004


NTS is intended to remove accumulated saliva, pulmonary secretions, blood, vomitus, and other foreign material from the trachea and nasopharyngeal area that cannot be removed by the patient’s spontaneous cough or other less invasive procedures. NTS has been used to maintain a patent airway thus ensuring adequate oxygenation and ventilation2 and avoiding intubation that was solely intended for the removal of secretions.