Endotracheal suctioning is an important component of tracheobronchial hygiene therapy in mechanically ventilated patients.1 In the perioperative settings, the aspiration of pulmonary secretions from a patient with an artificial airway is carried out with a suction catheter using an open system.2 Suctioning an intubated patient with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an aerosol-generating procedure and is therefore at high risk of spreading infection.2,3 Although the clinicians performing the suctioning of tracheal secretions are equipped with level III protection; a closed-suction system is desirable and likely adds extra protection.2 However, a closed system for tracheal suction is often not provided in an operating room and its availability is extremely limited in the pandemic era.4 Therefore, we created a closed-suction system functionally comparable with that routinely used in the critical care unit...
Closed-suction System for Intubated COVID-19 Patients with the Use of an Ultrasound Probe Cover
(Accepted for publication May 27, 2020. Published online first on June 3, 2020.)
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Maria Vargas, Giuseppe Servillo; Closed-suction System for Intubated COVID-19 Patients with the Use of an Ultrasound Probe Cover. Anesthesiology 2020; 133:687–689 doi: https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003431
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