Clinical guidelines related to the Tracheal service

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

Read guidelines related to the Tracheal department, part of the Cardiorespiratory specialty at GOSH, below.


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.