Instillation of Normal Saline During Endotracheal Suctioning: A Synthesis of Extant Research
Normal saline installation (NSI) during endotracheal suctioning (ETS) is a procedure performed in many critical care units across the United States. This traditional nursing procedure is accepted as a standard practice in many facilities despite the fact that very few quantitative experimental studies were found to support the effective use of this procedure. Questions regarding the efficacy of NSI during endotracheal suctioning include: What is the effect of normal saline instillation during endotracheal suctioning on Pa02 and Sa02 values when controlling for effects of hyperoxygenation? How does instillation of normal saline affect the amount of secretions aspirated from ventilated patients? The purpose of this project is to describe and discuss the appropriate use of this procedure and how it benefits patient care using the data found in nursing research and practice literature. The sources used consisted of research on the instillation of normal saline during endotracheal suctioning conducted between the years 1985 and 1999. Exploration and synthesis of results of studies of NSI is essential to achieve the nursing goal of patient advocacy. This common nursing procedure has a direct effect on patient well being, and one that must be subjected to rigorous, experimental studies.
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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
College of Health and Public Affairs
Dissertations, Academic -- Health and Public Affairs; Health and Public Affairs -- Dissertations, Academic; Respiratory organs -- Diseases; Salt -- Therapeutic use; Trachea -- Intubation
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Smith, Samuel, "Instillation of Normal Saline During Endotracheal Suctioning: A Synthesis of Extant Research" (2000). HIM 1990-2015. 197.