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Manual Suction Units for Airway Management

Types of Manual Suction Units

In this section, we will explore different types of manual suction units used for airway management. Each type has its advantages and considerations.

Cleanable and Reusable Manual Suction Units

While still effective, these reusable units require meticulous cleaning and sterilization. They are becoming less popular due to contamination risks and the need for proper maintenance.

Important: Clean and sterilize these units thoroughly to prevent crew exposure to contaminants.

One-Use, Disposable Suction Units

These disposable units are cost-effective, straightforward, and convenient. They are used once and discarded, reducing contamination risks. There are two common types:

  • Basic Disposable: Simple, low-cost, and effective for short-term use.
  • Military-Grade Disposable: Sturdy and reliable, ideal for extended use without the risk of breakage.

Tip: Even after the bag is full, the military-grade unit can be emptied and reused, but it will continuously drain.

Using Manual Suction Units

Proper usage of manual suction units is essential for airway management. Here's how to use them:

  • Open the Airway: Tilt the head and lift the chin to open the patient's airway.
  • Insert the Catheter: Insert the catheter only as far as you can see, in a sweeping motion for a short duration (ideally, no more than 10 seconds).
  • Dispose of Disposable Units: Disposable units should be used for one patient only and then disposed of correctly.

Note: Catheter size can be adjusted based on the specific task, and the military-grade unit can be emptied and reused.

Considerations for Manual Suction Units

Manual suction units play a vital role in airway management, but they require careful handling and maintenance. Remember these key points:

  • Contamination Risks: Reusable units must be cleaned and sterilized to avoid contamination.
  • Disposable Units: One-use disposable units reduce contamination risks and are cost-effective.
  • Proper Disposal: Ensure correct disposal procedures, especially for disposable units.