How to perform oral suctioningHHow to perform oral suctioningHow to perform oral suctioningEnglishRespiratoryChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)Lungs;TracheaRespiratory systemNon-drug treatmentCaregivers Adult (19+) Hospital healthcare providersNA2017-06-29T04:00:00ZReshma Amin, MD, FRCPC, MSc;Faiza Syed, BHSc, RRT;Tuyen Tran, RRT000Flat ContentHealth A-Z

 

 

How to perform oral suctioning2931.00000000000How to perform oral suctioningHow to perform oral suctioningHEnglishRespiratoryChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)Lungs;TracheaRespiratory systemNon-drug treatmentCaregivers Adult (19+) Hospital healthcare providersNA2017-06-29T04:00:00ZReshma Amin, MD, FRCPC, MSc;Faiza Syed, BHSc, RRT;Tuyen Tran, RRT000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<ol class="akh-steps"><li><p>Gather your <a href="/Article?contentid=2929&language=English">equipment and supplies</a>.</p></li><li> <figure><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/trach-suctioning-02_EN.jpg" alt="An oxygen saturation monitor on a finger." /> </figure> <p>Make sure the <a href="/Article?contentid=2962&language=English">oximeter​</a> is on and providing an accurate reading. </p></li><li><p>Have <a href="/Article?contentid=2958&language=English">oxygen</a> available.</p></li><li> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/trach-suctioning-04_EN.jpg" alt="Settings on a portable suction machine" /> </figure> <p>Make sure the suction machine is at the correct setting.</p></li><li> <figure><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/trach_ties_change_02.jpg" alt="Caregiver washing their hands" /> </figure> <p> <a href="/Article?contentid=2914&language=English">Wash your hands​</a> well.</p></li><li> <figure><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/trach-suctioning-05_EN.jpg" alt="A sterile water bottle and a labelled cup of sterile water for suctioning" /> </figure> <p>Fill a clean container with sterile water or saline.</p></li><li> <figure><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/trach-suctioning-08_EN.jpg" alt="Child with a tracheostomy sitting comfortably" /> </figure> <p>Make sure your child is in a comfortable position.</p></li><li><p>Attach the suction tubing to a clean catheter or Yankauer. Keep the catheter or Yankauer in clean casing until just before use.</p></li><li> <figure><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/trach-suctioning-18_EN.jpg" alt="Suctioning a child’s mouth with a Yankauer catheter" /> </figure> <p>Insert the catheter or Yankauer into the mouth to remove any mucus your child has coughed up. Hold the suction control port with your thumb and slowly remove the Yankauer or the catheter from the mouth while twirling it between your fingers. Only hold down the suction control port for up to 10 seconds at a time. </p></li><li><p>Rinse the Yankauer by dipping the adaptor into sterile water or saline and suctioning. Discard the catheter. Replace cover on Yankauer. </p></li><li> <figure><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/trach-suctioning-14_EN.jpg" alt="A child with a tracheostomy tube" /> </figure> <p>Assess and tend to your child’s respiratory status and oxygen needs.</p></li><li> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/trach-suctioning-15_EN.jpg" alt="Pressing the on and off switch on a suction machine" /> </figure> <p>Turn off the suction unit.</p></li><li><p>Empty and clean the suction drainage bottles and containers, if needed.</p></li><li> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/trach_ties_change_02.jpg" alt="Caregiver washing their hands" /> </figure> <p>Wash hands well.</p><p></p></li><li><p>Prepare the suction equipment and supplies for the next use.<br></p></li></ol> <a class="btn btn-primary" href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/trachvent">Return to trach-vent learning hub</a> <br>How to perform oral suctioningTruehttps://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=2932&language=Englishhttps://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=2930&language=English

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