Tracheostomy Suctioning

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Tracheostomy Suctioning Station

Nasopharyngeal and Nasotracheal Suctioning

Purpose

  • Maintain a patient airway.
  • Facilitate air exchange by removing or mobilizing secretions from upper and lower airways.

Applies To

  • Registered Nurses
  • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses

Equipment/Supplies

  • Suction machine and connector tubing.
  • Gloves (two sterile, or one sterile and one disposable).
  • Sterile suction catheter (size 12-16 Fr. for adult; 6-12 Fr. for child).
  • Sterile normal saline or water (approximately 100ml).
  • Water soluble lubricant.
  • Sterile basin.
  • Oxygen, if needed by client.
  • Nasal or oral airway as indicated.