Reviewed by Clinical Practice Committee
November 2015
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Overview Other Related Documents


  • The following recommended best practice outlines the methods of suctioning in Newborn Services to ensure safety of the baby.
  • Applies to all Nurses in Newborn Services.
Associated Documents Type Document Title(s)
Newborn Services
  • Askin, D,F. (1997)  Acute respiratory Care of the Neonate. Petaluma,  CA: NICU INK (2nd ed.)
  • Blackwood, B. (1999)  Normal Saline instillation with endotracheal suctioning: primum non nocere (first do no harm).  Journal of Advanced Nursing, 29(4), 928-934
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing. London, Routledge pg 114-115
  • Hansen, Contemporary Diagnosis and management of Neonatal Respiratory Diseases. USA: Handbooks for Healthcare (2nd ed.)
  • Wrightson, D.D, 1999.  Suctioning Smarter: Answers to Eight Common Questions about Endotracheal Suctioning in Neonates.  Neonatal Network.  The Journal of Neonatal Nursing.  18 (1) 51-55.

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