“Suctioning is one of the most common procedures in the ICU and high dependency wards; its aim is to remove respiratory tract secretions, thus maintaining airway patency and preventing complications of secretion retention” (Paratz, 2009 p. 1). An important and debated part of this care is whether the use of normal saline (at a delivery of 2cc-10cc) before suctioning of an endotracheal tube causes more harm than good. An intubated or mechanically ventilated patient may need to be “suctioned between three and twenty-four times a day” (Zahran, 2011, pg. 31) Due to the many physiological effects already endured by these patients, it is important to determine if the use of NS potentiates harmful effects.
Spears, Natalie; Cook, Natlie; and Garcia, Krystal, "Instillation of Normal Saline in Endotracheal Suctioning" (2012). Pharmacy and Nursing Student Research and Evidence-Based Medicine Poster Session. 15.
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