How to perform nasal suctioningHHow to perform nasal suctioningHow to perform nasal suctioningEnglishRespiratoryChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)Lungs;Nose;Mouth;TracheaRespiratory systemNon-drug treatmentAdult (19+) CaregiversNA2020-02-20T05:00:00Z7.0000000000000063.2000000000000577.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Your child may need suctioning to remove excess secretions. This article explains how to perform nasal suctioning (suctioning in the nose).</p><p><a href="/article?contentid=3850&language=english">Suctioning</a> is done to help clear a child's airway if they cannot clear it on their own through coughing or blowing their nose. Nasal suctioning is helpful when secretions are visible in the nose or if you suspect that secretions are blocking the nasal passage. This is usually done using a catheter or small tip catheter passed into the nostril.</p><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>Nasal suctioning is performed to clear mucus from the nasal passages (in the nose).</li><li>Make sure you know how to use the suction machine and equipment before you begin nasal suctioning on your child.</li><li>Talk to your child's health-care provider if you are unsure about any of the following steps.</li></ul>

 

 

 

 

How to perform nasal suctioning3855.00000000000How to perform nasal suctioningHow to perform nasal suctioningHEnglishRespiratoryChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)Lungs;Nose;Mouth;TracheaRespiratory systemNon-drug treatmentAdult (19+) CaregiversNA2020-02-20T05:00:00Z7.0000000000000063.2000000000000577.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Your child may need suctioning to remove excess secretions. This article explains how to perform nasal suctioning (suctioning in the nose).</p><p><a href="/article?contentid=3850&language=english">Suctioning</a> is done to help clear a child's airway if they cannot clear it on their own through coughing or blowing their nose. Nasal suctioning is helpful when secretions are visible in the nose or if you suspect that secretions are blocking the nasal passage. This is usually done using a catheter or small tip catheter passed into the nostril.</p><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>Nasal suctioning is performed to clear mucus from the nasal passages (in the nose).</li><li>Make sure you know how to use the suction machine and equipment before you begin nasal suctioning on your child.</li><li>Talk to your child's health-care provider if you are unsure about any of the following steps.</li></ul><ol class="akh-steps"><li>Gather your <a href="/article?contentid=3852&language=english">equipment and supplies</a>.</li><li>If your child uses an <a href="/article?contentid=2962&language=english">oximeter</a>, make sure it is on and providing an accurate reading.</li><li>Have <a href="/article?contentid=2958&language=english">oxygen</a> available, if prescribed by your child’s health-care team.</li><div class="pdf-page-break"></div><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 well</a>.</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>Make sure your child is in a comfortable position (lying or sitting).</li><div class="pdf-page-break"></div><li> <figure><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/trach-suctioning-06a_EN.jpg" alt="Suction catheter" /> </figure> <p>Attach the suction tubing to the correct size suction catheter. Keep the catheter in the packaging until just before use. Do not touch the end of the catheter that will go into your child’s nose.</p></li><li> <figure><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/trach-suctioning-09_EN.jpg" alt="Dipping the catheter into sterile water before suctioning" /> </figure> <p>Suction a small amount of sterile water or saline through the suction catheter to lubricate (wet) it and make it easier to insert.</p></li><li> <figure><span class="asset-image-title">Correct suctioning depths</span><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/Suctioning_SuctionDepths_MED_ILL_EN.jpg" alt="Correct suction depths shown for nasal, nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal suctioning" /> </figure> <p>Insert the suction catheter into your child’s nostril to the length instructed by your healthcare team. Be careful not to force the catheter. If you meet resistance, try the other nostril. Keep your thumb off the suction control port.</p></li><div class="pdf-page-break"></div><li> <figure><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/trach-suctioning-11_EN.jpg" alt="Suction is applied by holding the thumb over the suction control port" /> </figure> <p>Apply suction by holding your thumb over the suction control port. Slowly remove the catheter while "twirling" it between your fingers to remove mucus. Limit suctioning to 5 to 10 seconds.</p></li><li> <figure><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/trach-suctioning-09_EN.jpg" alt="Dipping the catheter into sterile water before suctioning" /> </figure> <p>Once the catheter is out, clean it by dipping it in the sterile water or saline and suctioning. Repeat suctioning as needed, allowing at least 20 seconds between suctioning. Alternate nostrils each time you repeat the suctioning. Once you are finished, discard the catheter and replace the tip connector onto the suction tubing.</p></li><li>After suctioning, assess your child’s respiratory status and oxygen needs.</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. Empty and clean the suction drainage bottles and containers, if needed.</p></li><div class="pdf-page-break"></div> <li> <figure><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/trach_ties_change_02.jpg" alt="Caregiver washing their hands" /> </figure> <p>Wash hands well. Prepare the suction equipment and supplies for the next use.</p></li></ol><table class="akh-table"><tbody><tr><td>Suction catheter size:     </td><td></td></tr><tr><td>Depth of suction catheter insertion for suctioning:</td><td>   </td></tr><tr><td>Suction machine pressure setting (mmHg):</td><td>     <br></td></tr></tbody></table>How to perform nasal suctioningFalse