Elective orotracheal intubation and aspiration for microbiologic diagnosis in children.

@article{Kasian1986ElectiveOI,
  title={Elective orotracheal intubation and aspiration for microbiologic diagnosis in children.},
  author={G F Kasian and L A Oman-Ganes and Koravangattu Sankaran},
  journal={Critical care medicine},
  year={1986},
  volume={14 10},
  pages={878-80}
}
Endotracheal intubation is generally performed to facilitate the treatment of respiratory failure or to control the airway during general anesthesia. We electively intubated 14 children with undiagnosed pneumonia to obtain tracheobronchial secretions for microbiologic diagnosis. Three were intubated awake, three with sedation, and eight with sedation and neuromuscular blockade. Mycobacterium tuberculosis was isolated in four of six patients suspected of having tuberculosis. Other bacterial… CONTINUE READING