Suction Machines

COMMON SUCTION MACHINE QUESTIONS ANSWERED



1. What is the function of suction machine?

Suction machines are appliances that are used to remove substances such as blood, saliva, mucus, and vomit from a person's airway. A portable suction unit can prevent pulmonary aspiration and facilitate breathing. Suction machine supplies include bacteria filters, collection canisters, and aspirator tubing kits.

2. What are the different types of suctioning?

The main types of suctioning are nasal (in the nose), oral (mouth), nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal (throat), and deep suctioning.

3. What is the most common complication of suctioning?

• Hypoxia.
• Psychological Trauma.
• Pain.
• Bradycardia.
• Infection.
• Ineffective Suctioning.


4. What is the correct method of suctioning?

Use a clean suction catheter when suctioning the patient. Whenever the suction catheter is to be reused, place the catheter in a container of distilled/sterile water and apply suction for approximately 30 seconds to clear secretions from the inside.

5. How many times can you suction a patient?

If suctioning more than once, allow the patient time to recover between suctioning attempts. During the procedure, monitor oxygen levels and heart rate to make sure the patient is tolerating the procedure well. Suctioning attempts should be limited to 10 seconds.

6. Do you suction nose or mouth first?

If both the mouth and nose need to be suctioned, suction the mouth first. When suctioning the mouth, place the tip of the bulb syringe towards the inside of your child's cheek. ... Suction is created as your thumb releases pressure on the bulb. This will remove the mucus or fluid from your child's nose or mouth.

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