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Suction is used to clear retained or excessive lower respiratory tract secretions in patients who are unable to do so effectively for themselves. This could be due to the presence of an artificial airway, such as an endotracheal or tracheostomy tube, or in patients who have a poor cough due to a variety of reasons such as excessive sedation or neurological involvement. 

NOTE: We review our guidelines regularly and this guideline is now past its review date. The content of the guideline below may not reflect the most recent evidence based practice. Please use with caution.

Episode 3: 'Mend My Brain'

As the largest paediatric centre in the UK for brain surgery, Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) provides the last chance for many children with complex neurological conditions. The third episode of the BBC documentary series Great Ormond Street looks at the difficult decision-making and intricate surgical procedures facing patients with a variety of these complex conditions. 

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The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are crucial components of the hospital, and ensuring that parents’ and loved ones can easily access both of these wards is one of the Quality Improvement team’s biggest priorities.  

Bowel incontinence

This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains why bowel incontinence (encopresis or soiling) can occur in toilet-trained children and young people. It also gives suggestions for treatment and strategies to try at home to improve the situation.