Clinical guidelines relating to the Respiratory Medicine and Transitional Care Unit

These paediatric clinical practice guidelines are produced by the staff of Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to guide and facilitate patient care.

Below are guidelines that relate to the Respiratory department, part of the Cardiorespiratory specialty at GOSH.


Suction is used to clear retained or excessive lower respiratory tract secretions in patients who are unable to do so effectively 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.