Restrepo RD, Brown JM, Hughes JM (2010) Endotracheal suctioning of mechanically ventilated patients with artificial airways 2010. Respiratory Care Vol.55: 758 -764.
Endotracheal suctioning (ETS) is one of the most common procedures performed in patients with artificial airways. This guidance makes recommendations on the safe implementation of the procedure, which involves the mechanical aspiration of pulmonary secretions from a patient’s artificial airway to prevent its obstruction. The guidance addresses patient preparation, the suctioning event, and follow-up care.