Cuffed tracheal tubes for children

In a prospective randomised controlled multi-centre trial, cuffed tracheal tubes were compared with uncuffed tubes in 2246 children aged from birth to five years undergoing general anaesthesia. There was no significant difference in post-extubation stridor but the need for tube exchange was 2.1% in the cuffed and 30.8% in the uncuffed groups (P<0.0001).

From the resuscitation point of view, there remain few if any arguments for using an uncuffed tube.

Prospective randomized controlled multi-centre trial of cuffed or uncuffed endotracheal tubes in small children

Br J Anaesth. 2009 Dec;103(6):867-73

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