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How to perform open tracheal suction via an endotracheal tube

Credland, Nicola



Rationale and key points Tracheal suction involves the removal of pulmonary secretions from the respiratory tract using negative pressure under sterile conditions. Practitioners should be aware of the indications for, and risks associated with, open tracheal suction via an endotracheal tube. ▶ Respiratory assessment of the patient should be carried out to identify when tracheal suction is required. ▶ A suction pressure of 80-120mmHg is recommended, and suction should last no longer than 15 seconds. ▶ Reassurance and support should be given to the patient to minimise any discomfort and distress that might result from tracheal suction. Reflective activity Clinical skills articles can help update your practice and ensure it remains evidence-based. Apply this article to your practice. Reflect on and write a short account of: 1. How you think this article will change your practice when performing open tracheal suction via an endotracheal tube. 2. How you could use this resource to educate your colleagues.


Credland, N. (2016). How to perform open tracheal suction via an endotracheal tube. Nursing standard, 30(35), 36-38.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 25, 2016
Publication Date Apr 27, 2016
Deposit Date Jun 24, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jun 24, 2016
Journal Nursing standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain) : 1987)
Print ISSN 0029-6570
Electronic ISSN 2047-9018
Publisher RCN Publishing (RCNi)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 35
Pages 36-38
Keywords Clinical procedures; Clinical skills; Endotracheal tube; Respiratory assessment; Respiratory care; Suctioning; Tracheal suction; Ventilation
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Copyright Statement © 2016 RCN Publishing Company Ltd
Additional Information This is an author's accepted version of an article published in Nursing standard, 2015, v.30 issue 35. The version of record is available at


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