The Paediatric AirWay Suction (PAWS) appropriateness guide for endotracheal suction interventions

Schultz, J ORCID:, Charles, K, Long, D, Brown, G, Copnell, B, Dargaville, P, Davies, K, Erikson, S, Forrest, K, Harnischfeger, J, Irwin, A, Kendrick, T, Lake, A, Ntoumenopoulos, G, Waak, M, woodward, M, Tume, LN ORCID:, Cooke, M, Mitchell, M, Hall, L and Ullman, A 2021, 'The Paediatric AirWay Suction (PAWS) appropriateness guide for endotracheal suction interventions' , Australian Critical Care .

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Background/objective: Endotracheal suction is an invasive and potentially harmful technique used for airway clearance in mechanically ventilated children. Choice of suction intervention remains a complex and variable process. We sought to develop appropriate use criteria (AUC) for endotracheal suction interventions used in paediatric populations. Methods: The RAND Corporation and University of California, Los Angeles Appropriateness Method was used to develop the Paediatric AirWay Suction - PAWS appropriateness guide. This included defining key terms, synthesising current evidence, engaging an expert multidisciplinary panel, case scenario development, and 2 rounds of appropriateness ratings (weighing harm with benefit). Indications (clinical scenarios) were developed from common applications or anticipated use, current practice guidelines, clinical trial results and expert consultation. Results: Overall, 148 (19%) scenarios were rated as appropriate (benefit outweighs harm), 542 (67%) as uncertain, and 94 (11%) were rated as inappropriate (harm outweighs benefit). Disagreement occurred in 24 (3%) clinical scenarios, namely pre- and post-suction bagging across populations and age groups. In general, the use of closed suction was rated as appropriate, particularly in the sub speciality population ‘patients with highly infectious respiratory disease’. Routine application of 0.9% saline for non-respiratory indications was more likely to be inappropriate/uncertain than appropriate. Panellists preferred clinically indicated suction versus routine suction in most circumstances. Conclusion: AUC for endotracheal suction in the Paediatric Intensive Care have the potential to impact clinical decision making, reduce practice variability and improve patient outcomes. Furthermore, recognition of uncertain clinical scenarios facilitates identification of areas that would benefit from future research.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Critical Care
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1036-7314
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Funders: Australian College of Critical Care Nurses and the Children’s Hospital Foundation
Depositing User: Dr Lyvonne Tume
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2021 14:20
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 16:54

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