A randomized clinical trial of continuous aspiration of subglottic secretions
in cardiac surgery patients.
The serendipitous inclusion of the use of continuous suction endotracheal tubes for continuous aspiration of subglottic secretions (CASS) in the CCU may have confounded the study and reduced nosocomial pneumonia rates.
Continuous Aspiration of Subglottic Secretions in Preventing Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia.
Continuous Aspiration of Subglottic Secretions
in the Prevention of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia in the Postoperative Period of Major Heart Surgery.
A two-year randomized study just published in the peer-reviewed journal CHEST (November 2008) demonstrates that continuous aspiration of subglottic secretions
(CASS)1 significantly reduced antibiotic usage in post-cardiac surgery patients.