Predominance of new research indicates that continuous aspiration of subglottic fluids can greatly reduce the incidence of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP) but that intermittent aspiration is more successful and reduces the risk of injury due to drying of the mucous membranes (Ref. 1, 19-20). The benefits of reducing incidence of VAP in acute care settings is known, but long term incidence of VAP or reduction of mortality is not known at this time.
The cuff M and cuff S are the only subglottic aspiration systems designed and indicated for intermittent aspiration of subglottic secretions.
The cuff M and cuff S are the only suction pumps indicated for use with specially designed endotracheal or tracheal tubes with a separate dorsal suction lumen that opens directly above the ballooned cuff of the tube.
New clinical experience in Europe has demonstrated the efficacy of automated intermittent subglottic aspiration with the cuff M and cuff S. (Ref. 11)