05 March 2010

Suctioning 101

This is how a home-use suctioning machine looks like. The cylinder is where all the secretions get sucked into via the tubing, pretty much like a vacuum cleaner.

Attached to the tubing is this connector. Just cover the hole with your thumb to vacuum mucus at the nostrils. (So much easier than manual bulb suckers.)

Then, we fix on the suction catheter. It comes in different diameters. Babies use Size 6, the smallest, Vera uses Size 8. This goes in about 1/3 in length via the nostrils and mouth.

Little holes at the end of the catheter suck up the mucus. It has a rounded tip which (hopefully) is less abrasive on the inner membranes as it enters.