Why is airway suction critical?
Airway patency saves lives
Airway suctioning is a lifesaving procedure. It decreases the risk of lung infections, prolonged hypoxia, and pooling of secretions.1
Who needs airway suction?
- Intubated patients
- Self-ventilating patients may require help to expectorate secretions
- Patients treated with an artificial airway require regular suctioning
Where is airway suction performed
Saving lives everywhere
Hospitals (ICUs, ER, OR, wards, crash carts), nursing homes, alternate care facilities
Why Medela suction
Mobile suction prevents viral spread – in times of fear of spreading viruses, mobile medical vacuum reduces the risk of cross contamination associated with wall suction.
Central Vacuum System
- Space saving
- In case of overflow: contamination of whole system
- More users: possibly less suction capacity and instable suction strength
1 Airway Management: Preventing Lung Infections via Airway Suction’, by Phyllis Hanlon, RT magazine, May-June 2019, p. 12, https://www.rtmagazine.com/products-treatment/monitoring-treatment/therapy-devices/preventing-lung-infections-airway-suction/ ‘Surgical Airway Suctioning’ by Virteeka Sinha; Brian M. Fitzgerald, February 2020, StatPearls Publishing LLC, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK448077/
2 Severe Acute Respiratory Infections Treatment Centre, March 2020, https:// apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/331603/WHO-2019-nCoV-SARI_treatment_center-2020.1-eng.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
3 NHS recommendation https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/ wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/C0131-Design-note_COVID-19ward-for-intubated-patients_1-April-MR2.pdf