Provide for the patient's privacy and position the patient to facilitate
access to the drainage tube.
Provide adequate lighting.
Wash your hands.
Activate the appropriate/ordered tube drainage/suction unit.
Hemovac (wound drainage tube suction) (see Figure 4- 7).
1 Remove the plug cap aseptically and place the portable
suction unit upright on a firm surface.
2 Compress the suction unit as flat as possible (see Figure
3 Replace the plug cap immediately (see Figure 4-9).
4 Position the suction unit to prevent kinking of the tubes or
dropping of the unit.
5 Observe the suction unit for proper compression and
(b) Electric or wall vacuum continuous or intermittent
wound/gastrointestinal suction unit (see Figures 4-10 and 4-11).
1 Plug the unit into an electrical outlet or attach to a wall
2 Connect the suction tube to the patient's drainage tube,
using aseptic technique.
3 Tape the connection. Ensure that the tubing is not pulling on
the drainage tube.
4 Turn the suction unit on "Low" unless specifically ordered
5 Observe the suction system for proper functioning.