SESSION TITLE: Respiratory Care
SESSION TYPE: Original Investigation Poster
PRESENTED ON: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
PURPOSE: Ventilator-associated events (VAE) continues to be a significant cause of morbidity and mortality, increased hospital stays, increased antibiotic use, and increased costs, in patients requiring mechanical ventilation. There is evidence that subglottic suctioning above the cuff in patients with tracheal and endotracheal tubes results in a decreased incidence of VAE, by preventing aspiration of contaminated secretions into the lungs. Traditional suction protocols and suction sources have presented challenges in everyday practice, and have resulted in low volumes of secretions removed. The use of the SIMEX Intermittent Aspiration System over the past 5 years, in Germany, in approximately 500 patients, primarily in acute care settings, has yielded excellent clinical results. This current study, in the U.S., was undertaken to measure the effects of the system in a randomized controlled trial in the long-term care of mechanically ventilated patients.