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What is the main purpose of trachea suctioning?

What is the main purpose of trachea suctioning?

Keep clear airways: It is simply to keep the airways clear for breathing, and to prevent aspiration. ...Read more

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What is the difference between closed and in-line suctioning of tracheostomy?

What is the difference between closed and in-line suctioning of tracheostomy?

Same: In an effort to reduce infections in ventilated patients, the use of a closed or in- line suctioning system has been utilized. This reduces the chances of introducing bacteria either by the person suctioning or from the outside environment. The drawback is that the catheters used are usually plastic, and can cause tracheal irritation, injury, and bleeding. Softer rubber catheters are less traumati. ...Read more

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What nursing management is done for endotracheal/tracheal suctioning?

What nursing management is done for endotracheal/tracheal suctioning?

Small catheters: Nurses use small plastic catheters inserted down endotracheal tubes to clear airways of secretions. ...Read more

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Before suctioning an intubated patient hooked to mechanical ventilator, is it right to increase the fio2 to 100% to hyperoxygenate the patient?

Before suctioning an intubated patient hooked to mechanical ventilator, is it right to increase the fio2 to 100%  to hyperoxygenate the patient?

Usually: That is usually the norm because, you are technically suctioning out air (and thus oxygen) from the lung when you suction. In all reality, does it affect oxygenation that much? Probably not. But, turning up the oxygen to 100% for a few seconds usually causes no harm. ...Read more

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When suctioning 9mo's nose, didn't notice that there was some water in the syringe after cleaning. It went up baby's nose. Amoeba risk? I'm scared.

When suctioning 9mo's nose, didn't notice that there was some water in the syringe after cleaning. It went up baby's nose. Amoeba risk? I'm scared.

Nigleria: You must be referring to Nigleria, in your fear. Yes, most cases have been associated with sinus irrigation. The risk for your baby is minute. But definitely throw away the auction bulb, it's unnecessary. ...Read more

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Can saline drops/spray hurt my 4month old baby? What about suctioning nose?

Can saline drops/spray hurt my 4month old baby? What about suctioning nose?

Yes/yes: This is the preferred method of managing nasal congestion in the first months of life. You can squirt it in and let it wash debris into the stomach. Little babies don't have the sneeze power to sneeze stuff out and most can't mouth breathe effectively until 6-8 mo to bypass the congestion. ...Read more

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What can be done to decrease suctioning from a tracheotomy at night? And what's the best sleeping aid for staying asleep at night?

What can be done to decrease suctioning from a tracheotomy at night? And what's the best sleeping aid for staying asleep at night?

Fluid adjust?: Change fluids and timing to see if that is an issue. Congestive heart failure may precipitate nocturnal lying down pulmonary fluid. If the suctionable material is purulent-pus then antibiotics may help. Would not use sleep help beyond Benadryl (diphenhydramine) in this person. ...Read more

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My 3 month old is conjested with clear mucus coming out his nose. I am suctioning the mucus out with a syringe from the hospital. Any suggestions?

My 3 month old is conjested with clear mucus coming out his nose. I am suctioning the mucus out with a syringe from the hospital. Any suggestions?

Nasal wash: At 3 mo the primary cause of congestion is the environment. House dust, fragrance, perfumes, detergent or cleaning products all leave scents that may not bother you but irritate a babies nose. A good nasal clean out with saline can remove much of this irritant load, but removing the offending irritants from babies life helps more in the long run.Air particle filters can also help. ...Read more

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