Evaluation of two endotracheal suction regimes in babies ventilated for respiratory distress syndrome

Early Hum Dev. 1991 May;25(2):87-90. doi: 10.1016/0378-3782(91)90187-8.


All low birthweight babies ventilated for the respiratory distress syndrome during a period of fourteen months were randomised to receive endotracheal suction 12-hourly or 6-hourly. There were no significant differences in respiratory outcome between the groups. These observations suggest that it is safe to aspirate endotracheal tubes infrequently during the first few days in uncomplicated respiratory distress syndrome.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Infant, Low Birth Weight
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Intubation, Intratracheal
  • Random Allocation
  • Respiration, Artificial
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Newborn / therapy*
  • Suction / methods*
  • Time Factors