How to perform oral suctioningHHow to perform oral suctioningHow to perform oral suctioningEnglishRespiratoryChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)Mouth;Lungs;Nose;Trachea;EsophagusRespiratory systemNon-drug treatmentAdult (19+) CaregiversNA2020-02-20T05:00:00Z6.6000000000000065.6000000000000443.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Suctioning is done to remove excess secretions that a child cannot clear on their own. Learn how to perform oral suctioning to clear secretions.</p><p>Oral suctioning is done to clear secretions (mucus) from the mouth if a child is unable to clear it on their own through coughing or blowing their nose. A hard-plastic tip with a handle called a Yankauer is usually used to suction secretions in the mouth.</p><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>Oral suctioning is performed to remove mucus or saliva from the mouth when a child cannot cough or swallow.</li><li>Make sure you know how to use the suction machine and equipment before you begin oral 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 oral suctioning3856.00000000000How to perform oral suctioningHow to perform oral suctioningHEnglishRespiratoryChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)Mouth;Lungs;Nose;Trachea;EsophagusRespiratory systemNon-drug treatmentAdult (19+) CaregiversNA2020-02-20T05:00:00Z6.6000000000000065.6000000000000443.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Suctioning is done to remove excess secretions that a child cannot clear on their own. Learn how to perform oral suctioning to clear secretions.</p><p>Oral suctioning is done to clear secretions (mucus) from the mouth if a child is unable to clear it on their own through coughing or blowing their nose. A hard-plastic tip with a handle called a Yankauer is usually used to suction secretions in the mouth.</p><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>Oral suctioning is performed to remove mucus or saliva from the mouth when a child cannot cough or swallow.</li><li>Make sure you know how to use the suction machine and equipment before you begin oral 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> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/trach-suctioning-02_EN.jpg" alt="An oxygen saturation monitor on a finger." /> </figure> <p>Have <a href="/article?contentid=2958&language=english">oxygen</a> available, if prescribed by your child’s health-care team.</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 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><li>Attach the suction tubing to a clean catheter or Yankauer. Keep the catheter or Yankauer in clean casing until just before use.</li><div class="pdf-page-break"></div><li>Insert the catheter or Yankauer into the mouth to remove any mucus your child has coughed up. If there is a suction control port, place your thumb over the port and slowly remove the Yankauer or the catheter. Only hold down the suction control port for up to 10 seconds at a time. Make sure to keep the Yankauer or catheter away from the inside of the cheek or tongue.</li><li>Rinse the Yankauer by dipping the adaptor into sterile water or saline and suctioning. Discard the catheter. Replace cover on Yankauer.</li><li>Assess and tend to 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.</p></li><li>Empty and clean the suction drainage bottles and containers, if needed.</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>Prepare the suction equipment and supplies for the next use.</li></ol><div class="pdf-page-break"></div><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>     </td></tr></tbody></table>How to perform oral suctioningFalse