Cuffed Endotracheal Tubes in Children: Size Does Matter!

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The use of a cuffed endotracheal tube (ETT) has become standard of care in pediatric anesthesia. This applies even to neonates and infants and increasingly to pediatric intensive care medicine.1 The main advantage of using cuffed ETTs in children is the markedly reduced tube exchange rate to find an appropriately sized ETT with a smooth fit and a good seal of the pediatric airway when compared with uncuffed ETTs.
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