Suction Machine / Aspirator
SUCTION MACHINE / ASPIRATOR
Operating Safety Instructions
- Gather Equipment:
- Suction unit / Aspirator with pressure regulator knob and pressure gauge;
- Collection Bottle with short tubing and bacteria filter;
- Patient Connecting Tubing;
- Suction instruments:
- Yankauer (oral) suction device, vented or un-vented, or
- Catheter (for tracheal suctioning);
- Small container of water to clear secretions.
- Place suction unit / aspirator on a flat surface near the patient.
- Connect short tubing from suction unit / aspirator fitting to the port on the Collection Bottle labeled “SUCTION” or “VACUUM.”
- Connect Patient Connecting Tubing to the port on the Collection Bottle labeled “PATIENT.”
- Connect other end of Patient Connecting Tubing to appropriate suction instrument.
- Plug suction unit / aspirator power cord into appropriate electrical outlet (UNGROUNDED outlets may require GROUNDING ADAPTER).
- Turn on power switch.
- Crimp (kink) Patient Connecting Tubing while reading suction pressure on the pressure gauge.
- Turn pressure regulator knob to adjust suction pressure to read:
- > 100 to 120 cmH2O for ADULTS
- > 80 to 100 cmH2O for CHILDREN
- > 60 to 80 cmH2O for INFANTS
- Un-crimp Patient Connecting Tubing.
IF NO SUCTION, CHECK FOR ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
- Canister top not on tight or port left unplugged;
- Tubing connections not tight;
- Suction pressure adjusted too low;
- Vent hole on suction instrument not covered;
- Canister too full;
- Tubing and/or suction instrument clogged.