Endotracheal suction in intensive care: A point prevalence study of current practice in New Zealand and Australia.


Cardiothoracic and Vascular Intensive Care Unit, Auckland City Hospital, 2 Park Road, Grafton 1023, Auckland, New Zealand; School of Nursing, University of Auckland, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, Grafton, Auckland 1023, New Zealand. Electronic address: [Email]


Despite the evidence and available guidelines about endotracheal suction (ETS), a discrepancy between published guidelines and clinical practice persists. To date, ETS practice in the adult intensive care unit (ICU) population across New Zealand and Australia has not been described.


Airway management,Endotracheal suction,Intensive care,Mechanical ventilation,