Suctioning Type, Timing Affect Length of Baby’s Hospital Stay
For infants hospitalized with bronchiolitis, more invasive suctioning to deal with mucus production and less frequent suctioning overall were both associated with longer hospital stays, according to a Cincinnati Children’s study.
Hospital stays increased by an average of 2.35 days for infants who received invasive nasopharyngeal suctioning as opposed to noninvasive nasal suctioning, according to Dr. Grant Mussman, a staff physician at Cincinnati Children’s who led the study.
Although the study was not designed to establish causality, it’s possible “that deep suctioning causes edema and irritation of the upper airway,” Dr. Mussman and his colleagues wrote in the study. “Alternatively, noninvasive suctioning could be more effective in mobilizing nasal secretions through the larger-caliber catheter, resulting in shorter length of stay.”