l. Remove Catheter From Package. Remove the sterile catheter from the
package with the sterile (dominant) hand. Keep the catheter coiled to prevent
m. Attach Catheter to Suction Tubing. Attach the suction catheter to the
tubing from the suction apparatus (figure 4-3). When performing this step, hold the
suction catheter in the gloved dominate hand and hold the tubing from the suction
apparatus in the nonsterile (ungloved) hand.
Figure 4-3. Connecting a catheter to suction apparatus.
n. Test Patency of Catheter.
Turn the suction apparatus on with the nonsterile hand.
(2) Hold the catheter in the sterile hand and insert the tip in the basin of
(3) Place the thumb of the nonsterile hard over the suction port and observe
the fluid entering the drainage bottle. If no fluid enters the drainage bottle, the catheter
is blocked. If this occurs, obtain another catheter and repeat the procedure.
Do not leave the catheter in the solution. Even antibacterial solutions
can promote the growth of certain types of bacteria.)