Is cuffed endotracheal intubation in neonates a safe practice?
Endotracheal intubation and ventilation for respiratory insufficiency is a common procedure in preterm and sick infants. Traditionally, uncuffed endotracheal tubes (ETTs) are used in neonatal units, however the use of cuffed ETTs is on the increase, despite the limited evidence. This literature study reviews the evidence available on the safety of cuffed versus uncuffed ETTs for respiratory support in neonates by examining the risk of post-extubation stridor and the need for re-intubation.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
Ormskirk Neonatal Unit, Mersey and West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Adeniyi F., Oyedokun K. Is cuffed endotracheal intubation in neonates a safe practice? Infant 2023; 19(4): 145-48.
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