This is the protocol for a review and there is no abstract. The objectives are as follows:
To determine the effect of different methods of securing endotracheal tubes on the risk of accidental extubation and complications of endotracheal intubation in neonates requiring mechanical ventilation.
Data permitting, subgroup analyses of the following are planned to determine whether results differ by:
Weight at time of randomisation (< 1000g versus ≥ 1000g)
Nasal versus oral intubation.