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National Infection Prevention and Control Manual

National Infection Prevention and Control Manual


Updated SBAR: Assessing the evidence base for medical procedures which create a higher risk of respiratory transmission from patient to healthcare worker.

19 Oct 2020

This SBAR has been updated to include the footnote for Respiratory Tract Suctioning.

'The available evidence relating to Respiratory Tract Suctioning is associated with ventilation. In line with a precautionary approach open suctioning of the respiratory tract regardless of association with ventilation has been incorporated into the current (COVID-19) AGP list. It is the consensus view of the UK IPC cell that only open suctioning beyond the oro-pharynx is currently considered an AGP i.e. oral/pharyngeal suctioning is not an AGP. The evidence on respiratory tract suctioning is currently being reviewed by the AGP Panel.'