Airway Suctioning Saves Lives

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

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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

Advantages:

  • Space saving

To consider:

  • In case of overflow: contamination  of whole system
  • More users: possibly less suction capacity and instable suction strength

Mobile Suction pumps

Advantages:

  • Thanks to dedicated use per patient and virus filters risk of cross-contamination is reduced 2, 3
  • Powerful, reliable vacuum for every patient

To consider:

  • Footprint

References

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

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