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Wojciech Durlak

CPAP-related trauma

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Could you please share your experience/protocols for preventing CPAP-related nasal trauma?

I mean not only possible septal injury but also trauma related to frequent nasal suctioning.

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CPAP nursing is key. We often rotate between prongs and mask if CPAP is given over longer time periods. We may also protect the skin that is pressured (like around the nostrils and nose tip) with a barrier (softish) tape to avoid direct contact with tubings.

And read this paper in PLOS One a few weeks by Srinivas Murki et al in Hyderabad/India:

 https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/comments?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0211476

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Anchoring tubing can be a hazard. When the infant’s head is elevated (as in GERD care), the baby can slide down the mattress and increase pressure on the septum. Occurs most often at night. Tubing should be free to move with the infant.

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To reduce trauma related to frequent nasal suctioning, a noninvasive method of nasopha­ryngeal suctioning has been found to be very effective and without side effects. Sterile 0.9% saline solution is instilled drop wise into one nostril from a 5-mL syringe and suctioned from the other nostril using a Neotech little sucker or De Lee suction catheter, attached to a central vacuum source (suction pressure of 100 mmHg). This results in passage of fluid and sticky secretions from one nostril and nasopharynx to the other nostril which gets aspirated. We have stopped inserting catheters into nostrils for suctioning for over a decade in our unit.

 

See chapter 34 "Nursing Care and Endotracheal Suction in:

https://www.amazon.in/Essentials-Neonatal-Ventilation-1st-book-ebook/dp/B07LBTC95N/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?_encoding=UTF8&amp&qid=&amp&sr=

Prakash Manikoth, FRCPCH

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