Instructor Preparation - Online Blended Part 1

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Using Suction Devices

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Mastering Suction in Airway Management

Ensuring a clear airway is pivotal in medical care, and suction plays a key role in this process. Let's delve deeper into its significance and practical applications.

Why is Suction Essential?

The Role of a Clear Airway

For effective airway management, it's paramount to keep the airway patent and clear, often referred to as "tolerating". Blocked airways can rapidly lead to cell death, making timely intervention critical.

Limitations of Traditional Methods

While postural drainage and the recovery position allow nature to clear the airway, they aren't always feasible. Cases involving blood, food particles, or injuries may require advanced methods.

Suction Types and Their Use Cases

Modern airway management incorporates various suction methods, tailored for different situations:

  • Disposable suction units
  • Reusable suction units
  • Electronically battery-powered suction units, commonly found in ambulances

The primary purpose of these units is to remove obstructions like fluid, vomit, or foreign objects that can compromise the airway's integrity.

Technique and Precautions

Suction is not a mere convenience; it's used out of necessity. The technique, while straightforward to learn, must be applied with caution. Key considerations include:

  • Reduced oxygen levels during suction, necessitating brief usage
  • Risks of dislodging objects or damaging teeth with the catheter
  • The need to replenish the patient's oxygen post-suction


While suction is a vital tool in airway management, its judicious and informed use ensures optimal patient care without introducing new risks.

Learning Outcomes:
  • FPOS Extended unit 2 LO3.3 and 3.4
  • IPOSi Unit two LO2.1 & 2.2