How to perform tip suctioningHHow to perform tip suctioningHow to perform tip 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 tip suctioning2932.00000000000How to perform tip suctioningHow to perform tip 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, distilled 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. If your child wears an HME, a tracheostomy cap, a speaking valve or a mask, remove it.</p></li><li><p>Put on clean gloves.</p></li><li> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/trach-suctioning-19_EN.jpg" alt="Tracheostomy suction tip adaptor" /> </figure> <p>Attach the suction tubing to a clean tip adaptor or “little sucker”. Keep the tip adaptor in a clean casing until just before use. Do not touch the end of the connector that goes into the tracheostomy tube.</p></li><li> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/trach-suctioning-20_EN.jpg" alt="Suctioning a tracheostomy tube with a tip adaptor" /> </figure> <p>Use the tip adaptor at the front of the tracheotomy tube to remove any mucus your child has coughed up. The tip adaptor should not block the entire inner cannula. Only use it for up to 10 seconds at a time.</p></li><li> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/trach-suctioning-21_EN.jpg" alt="Pressing the thumb port on a tracheostomy suction tip adaptor" /> </figure> <p>If there is thumb port on the tip, cover it during suctioning.</p></li><li><p>Rinse the tip adaptor and tubing by dipping the adaptor into sterile water or saline and suctioning.</p></li><li> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/trach-suctioning-22_EN.jpg" alt="Replacing the cap on a tracheostomy suction tip adaptor" /> </figure> <p>If it has one, replace cover on tip connector.</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. Replace your child's HME, tracheostomy cap, speaking valve or mask​, if they use one. </p></li><li> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/trach-suctioning-15_EN.jpg" alt="Person 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></li><li><p>Prepare the suction equipment and supplies for the next use.<br></p></li></ol><div> <br> </div> <a class="btn btn-primary" href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/trachvent">Return to trach-vent learning hub</a> <br>How to perform tip suctioningTruehttps://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=2933&language=Englishhttps://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=2931&language=English

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