VOL: 101, ISSUE: 08, PAGE NO: 36Dan Higgins, RN, is senior charge nurse, critical care, University Hospital Birmingham, and clinical educator, Specialist Nurse Education Services.Endotracheal suctioning is performed to maintain a clear airway and optimise respiratory function (Dougherty and Lister, 2004). It is carried out when a patient with an artificial airway such as a tracheostomy or endotracheal tube cannot cough and void pulmonary secretions.
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