Clinical Indicators for Endotracheal Suctioning in Adult Patients Receiving Mechanical Ventilation

Author(s): Mary Lou Sole, RN, PhD, CCNS, Melody Bennett, RN, MN, CCRN, and Suzanne Ashworth, RN, MSN, CCRN, CCNS

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Jul 01, 2018

Topics: Pulmonary

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Fees
Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Critically ill patients who need mechanical ventilation require endotracheal suctioning. Guidelines recommend coarse crackles over the trachea and/or the presence of a sawtooth pattern on the flow-volume loop of the ventilator waveform as the best indicators.

Objectives

  • Identify the recommended assessment parameters to determine the need for endotracheal suctioning in patients receiving mechanical ventilation.
  • Explain the potential for inaccurate assessment of the need for endotracheal suctioning based on the most frequently used clinical indicators.
  • Discuss which clinical assessments, according to study findings, best indicate the need for endotracheal suctioning, and why.

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