How Can a Suction Pump Help You and Your Patients

What have we learned?

20% of COVID-19 patients require hospitalization

5% of COVID-19 patients require critical care support1

Ventilation and suction in the intensive care unit

Most severely ill COVID-19 patients will  require ventilation in first 24 hours of  intensive care. A vacuum source and suction regulator is  recommended for every treatment space to cover multiple patient management processes.2

Airway patency saves lives

  • Airway suctioning is a lifesaving  procedure. It decreases the risk of lung infections, prolonged hypoxia, and pooling of secretions.
  • Endotracheal suctioning must be available for all mechanically  ventilated patients in order to remove secretions
  • Patients treated with an artificial  airway require regular suctioning 3

Mobile suction prevents viral spread

Electrical suction pumps with filters and  accessories help to prevent viral spread in  hospitals and care centres and are listed  as required in the WHO’s booklet for  Severe Acute Respiratory Infection Treatment  Centres. This is in line with guidance from the NHS.4

Medela Solutions offer lasting performance that support patient care today and tomorrow.

Mobile and independent from central (piped) vacuum systems

  • Available with disposable virus filters, effective to prevent cross-contamination with SARS-CoV-2
  • Fast and easy set-up
  • Tested and proven technology for high endurance with over 50 years of experience in medical vacuum

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1 Wu Z, McGoogan JM. Characteristics of and Important Lessons From the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak in China: Summary of a Report of 72 314 Cases From the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. JAMA. 2020;323(13):1239–1242. doi:10.1001/ jama.2020.2648

2 Report on 196 patients critically ill with COVID-19. ICNARC, 20 March 2020. About/Latest-News/ 2020/03/22/Report-On-196-Patients-Critically-Ill-With-Covid-19 Surge Capacity Logistics, Care of the Critically Ill and Injured During Pandemics and Disasters: CHEST Consensus Statement, Sharon Einav; John L. Hick; Dan Hanfling; Brian L. Erstad; Eric S. Toner; Richard D. Branson; Robert K. Kanter; Niranjan Kissoon; Jeffrey R. Dichter; Asha V. Devereaux;  and Michael D. Christian; on behalf of the Task Force for Mass Critical Care

3 Airway Management: Preventing Lung Infections via Airway Suction’, by Phyllis Hanlon,  RT magazine, May-June 2019, p. 12, ‘Surgical Airway Suctioning’ by Virteeka Sinha; Brian M. Fitzgerald, February 2020, StatPearls Publishing LLC,

4 Severe Acute Respiratory Infections Treatment Centre, March 2020, SARI_treatment_center-2020.1-eng.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y, p. 99