International Survey on Cuffed versus Uncuffed Endotracheal Tubes

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Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to participate in our International Survey on Cuffed versus Uncuffed Endotracheal Tubes in Pediatric Anesthesia

We are seeking your expert assistance and your participation is critical in this research. All countries in the world will be

interested so we can obtain a large amount of data. 

It has been traditionally taught that only uncuffed endotracheal tubes (ETTs) should be used for intubation in children

younger than 8 years old. However, recent literature suggests that the advantages of using uncuffed ETTs in children may be just

another myth of pediatric anesthesia.

The aim of this international survey is to define and investigate the criteria used for deciding the choice of tube (cuffed or uncuffed) 

togheter with the complications observed.

Please click on the link below to access the survey

Please, give your name and your institution/hospital to the beginning of the survey because the results will be published on prestigious
international anesthesia journals and  presented to anesthesia meetings. All the participants will be listed.
The success of the survey depends on your contribution and it is therefore important to be honest in your answers and to provide comments  which you feel may be helpful.

For any information or comments  you can send an e-mail to or

Thank you very much for your cooperation.

Dario Galante, MD

Scientific Director

Dario Galante, MD
University Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care Unit
University Hospital "Ospedali Riuniti" of Foggia, Italy

Scientific Board:

Lawrence Borland, MD
University of Pittsburgh
Department of Anesthesiology
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Matthias W. König, MDDepartment of Anesthesiology
Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Markus Weiss, MD
Pediatric Anesthesia
University Children Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland

Gilles Orliaguet, MD
Département d'Anesthésie Réanimation Chirugicale et SAMU de Paris
CHU Necker Enfants Malades, Paris, France

Jeana E. Havidich, MD
Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Stephen Playfor
Consultant Pediatric Intensivist
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Manchester, United Kingdom

Simonetta Baroncini, MD
Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care
Policlinico S. Orsola-Malpighi, Bologna, Italy

Richard W. Arnold, MD
University Hospital Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

Amit Mishra, MD
Imperial School of Anesthesia
Royal Brompton Hospital, London, United Kingdom


DrSelvakumar MBBS DA(Bombay),
consultant anesthesiologist,

I would like to use uncuffed ett for all patients, pediatric or adult,because incidence of aspiration of gastric contents is low and if at all happens can be managed effectively.

If I am going to use cuff, stridor and stenosis can be managed without good results.

I am in this service for 10 years,using cuff,but now changed to uncuffed practise.