Anatomy of the Airway (02:46)
The upper airway consists of the nose, nares, mouth, and the pharynx. The Epiglottis protects the lower airway, containing the trachea, carina, and mainstem bronchi. Learn how the cough sequence is stimulated.
Oropharyngeal Suctioning (03:05)
This is indicated for patients who are unconscious, semi-conscious or intubated. Nurses prefer a Yankauer catheter. Learn tips and techniques on how to perform the procedure.
Endotracheal Suctioning (05:46)
This is indicated for patients who exhibit excessive secretions in the lower airway. Nurses pass a catheter into the trachea and mainstem bronchi. Learn tips and techniques on how to perform the procedure.
Closed Suctioning (07:19)
Closed suctioning eliminates patient secretion exposure to the environment and clinician. Objectives include maintaining patient airway and oxygenation, preventing atelectasis, and removing accumulated secretions. Learn tips and techniques on how to perform the procedure.
Peripheral Airways (01:13)
Hydration and humidification of inspired gases help keep secretions thin. Encourage coughing and deep breathing. Give mucolytic medication as needed.
Credits: Suctioning: Oropharyngeal and Endotracheal Techniques (00:43)
Credits: Suctioning: Oropharyngeal and Endotracheal Techniques
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