Journal article

Saliva management options for difficult-to-wean people with tracheostomy following severe acquired brain injury (ABI): A review of the literature

Martin Checklin, Mary Etty-Leal, Tim A Iseli, Nicholas Potter, Sally Fisher, Lauren Chapman

Brain Injury | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the evidence on saliva management options in those people who have a tracheostomy in situ following an acquired brain injury and to ascertain whether any of these treatments may facilitate tracheostomy decannulation. METHODS: The search was conducted on Medline, Embase, Cinahl and Central databases since 1990 and the evidence has been critiqued and summarized. Saliva management options were identified and analysed to see whether they had evidence or clinical support for the population. MAIN OUTCOMES AND RESULTS: There is a paucity of evidence in this area and clinical decision-making requires evidence from other populations. Saliva management issues in this pop..

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