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So now we are going have a look at using the electronic or battery-powered suction unit. The first thing we are going to do is to take off the suction pipe itself from the unit, take the suction pipe off, we're going to guide the end of the suction pipe and place it on to the suction unit itself. Once the pipe is on and on to the suction unit itself, we're then actually are going to turn the suction unit on. The suction unit is now running, are going to assume that this is cardiac arrest with an occluded airway with fluids, so we're actually going to turn it up to full volume and we're then going to start to suction the airway itself.

So now we are going have look at actually using the suction catheter itself. The first thing we are going do is we are going open the airway and are going to hold the airway out with the palm of the hand. We are then are going to take the suction catheter, are going to insert the suction catheter into the back of the throat but only as far as we can see. We are going to then start to suction in a sweeping motion for a shorter time as possible until the airway is clear. Once the airway is clear and patent, we finish suctioning to take into consideration the oxygen we've pulled out of the body, we are going to replace it with two breaths with a bag and mask.

One thing to note about the suction catheter, they come in all different sizes and all different lengths. And they're for all different purposes. But you will notice on this one, there's a little nick in the end of the pipe, so the pipe doesn't suck directly from the end, it sucks from slightly further back. And this is to stop solids blocking the pipe and suction not working. If a solid sticks into the end of the pipe, the suction will still work through the notch that's in the pipe itself to remove any fluids. But also, remember, it's not going to suck out a solid carrot, this is going to be for small products, fluids, blood, anything small. Anything larger, we may need to change the catheter diameter to a larger catheter. Also, if we're clearing an airway with suction that's got an OP or a nasal airway in or a laryngeal mask, we may need to go to a small catheter so as we can actually get in further and do a better job of clearing the airway.

Also, always remember that with children, we are dealing with much smaller airways, much more delicate tissue, much easy to damage it. It's also more prone to swelling and also remember, anatomically, the airway is slightly different. The tongue is larger compared to an adult. The airway is smaller and much easier kinked. So occlusion and problems with the airway are more common with children. They're also more prone to vomiting than an adult would be. But an adult will vomit an awful lot more volume but remember the airway is so much smaller than less volume doesn't necessarily mean it's less of a problem.

So once we finish suctioning and the patient is clear and the airway is patent, we're happy. We're at the hospital and we're now doing a clean down. The first thing we do to clean the actual suction device itself is to turn it on, allow it to run, lift the catheter pipe off so it empties any fluid that's stuck in the pipe and then remove the pipe. Turn the unit off and then we'll place all of the pipework into a bio-hazard bag out of the way. This is a bio-hazard because it's obviously internal content, vomit from the patient that we've just been working on.

So once the pipe is disposed of into that bag and sealed away and disposed of properly, we then take the pipe off the top of the suction unit itself and remove that out the way. Lift the canister outside of the holder and the canister is then disposed of also in a bio-hazard bag. There is no more cleaning. We don't have to come into contact with the fluid at all. Once it's in the bag, it's disposed of.

And finally, remember once the machine, the unit has been cleaned down, it needs to be wiped clean. All of the pipes need to be clean, the buttons need to be wiped clean as well because remember, we've been using the buttons with gloves on in its operation. So anything that was on the glove is now contaminated the outside of the unit. So it should all be wiped down, sterilized, clicked back in to recharge.

And remember, this is a training video. So currently, I'm not wearing any gloves. But in the real scenarios, I would be wearing gloves because this is a hazardous product that I'm dealing with.