Figure 3-7. The connection of the suction catheter and the tube
from the suction machine.
Put tap water in a clean paper cup.
(10) Turn on the suction unit, and set the desired pressure according to
the equipment specification or the physician's order.
(11) Put on the exam gloves. Protective gloves should be worn during
the procedure to prevent the transmission of infection.
Moisten the suction catheter tip in the cup of water to reduce friction.
Insert the catheter tip gently into the patient's nose or mouth.
Do not apply suction during insertion.
Do not force the catheter during insertion.
1 It can cause injury to the patient's mucous membranes.
2 If obstruction is encountered, call the Charge Nurse
immediately for assistance.