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Cleaning suctioning equipment and troubleshooting problemsCCleaning suctioning equipment and troubleshooting problemsCleaning suctioning equipment and troubleshooting problemsEnglishRespiratoryChild (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

 

 

Cleaning suctioning equipment and troubleshooting problems2935.00000000000Cleaning suctioning equipment and troubleshooting problemsCleaning suctioning equipment and troubleshooting problemsCEnglishRespiratoryChild (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<h2>​​How often should I clean the suctioning equipment and supplies?</h2><h3>Daily</h3><ul><li>Empty the canister into the toilet.</li><li>Wash the canister in warm, soapy water and rinse well.</li><li>Leave a little water in the bottom of the canister. The water will prevent mucus from sticking to the bottom.</li><li>Check that the suction pressure is set correctly.</li><li>Check that the filter tubing and canister are clean.</li><li>Check that the battery is charged.</li></ul><h3>Weekly</h3><ul><li>Replace the tubing.</li></ul><h3>Monthly</h3><ul><li>Check the filter. Change it when it looks dirty or at least once every two months.</li><li>Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.</li></ul><h2>How do I clean the canister?</h2><ol><li>Gather your equipment and supplies:</li><ul><li>one container filled with warm, soapy water (use mild dish-washing soap)</li><li>second container filled with 1 part white vinegar and 3 parts water</li><li>clean cloth<br></li><li>clean towel.</li></ul><li>Remove the short tubing from the lid. Remove the canister, take the lid off, and empty the contents into the toilet.</li><li>Wash all parts in the container of warm, soapy water.</li><li>Rinse all parts with tap water.</li><li>Place all parts in the container of vinegar and water and soak for 30 minutes.</li><li>Rinse all parts with tap water again.</li><li>Place all parts on a clean, dry towel and allow to air dry.</li><li>Once dry, re-assemble the tubing and canister.</li><li>Look for any cracks or tears. Replace any cracked or broken parts. Replace the tubing weekly or when dirty.</li><li>Wipe the machine down with a damp cloth.</li><li>Wash your hands.</li></ol><h2>Troubleshooting suctioning problems</h2><h3>Why does my child feel short of breath while being suctioned?</h3><p>Your child will feel short of breath because suctioning removes oxygen from their airway.</p><ul><li>Try to keep the suction time to less than 10 seconds and allow your child to take a few breaths between suctioning attempts.</li><li>Use a manual resuscitation bag before and after suctioning if your child can tolerate it. This often helps move the mucus up the airway so it is easier to suction or cough up.</li></ul><h3>There is a lot of mucus in my child's airway and it is difficult to get it out. What do I do?</h3><ol><li> Wet the suction catheter with <a href="/Article?contentid=2926&language=English">sterile, distilled water​</a> and try suctioning again.</li><li>Use the manual resuscitation bag to deliver three to five breaths.</li><li>Put a few drops of normal saline into the tracheostomy tube to loosen the mucus.</li><li>Change the inner cannula, if there is one.</li><li>Suction your child.</li><li>Repeat steps 1-5, if needed.</li></ol><h3>The suction machine does not seem to be working. What do I do?</h3><p>If the suction machine does not turn on:</p><ul><li>check the power source and connection</li><li>ensure the wall outlet is working</li><li>check the power cord for damage. </li></ul><p>If the motor runs, but there is no suction pressure:</p><ul><li>ensure the tubing has not become disconnected </li><li>check for leaks or kinks in the tubing </li><li>ensure the float shut-off is not activated<br></li><li>check for bottle leaks and cracks. </li></ul><p>If the suction machine has a low pressure:</p><ul><li>use the suction machine pressure gauge to increase the pressure level</li><li>check the system for leaks.</li></ul><p>If the motor overheats and the motor overload protector shuts off:</p><ul><li>turn the ON/OFF switch to OFF, allow the motor to cool for about five minutes and then turn it back to ON</li><li>inspect the fuse and replace if necessary</li><li>contact the vendor.<br></li></ul> <a class="btn btn-primary" href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/trachvent">Return to trach-vent learning hub</a> <br>Cleaning suctioning equipment and troubleshooting problemsTruehttps://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=2936&language=Englishhttps://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=2934&language=English

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