Electric suction units

Video 10 of 14
4 min 30 sec
Want to watch this video? Sign up for the course or enter your email below to watch one free video.

Unlock This Video Now for FREE

This video is normally available to paying customers.
You may unlock this video for FREE. Enter your email address for instant access AND to receive ongoing updates and special discounts related to this topic.

Electric Battery-Powered Suction Unit for Airway Management


In this section, we will explore the electric battery-powered suction unit, its features, usage, and essential considerations for ensuring it works effectively during emergency situations.

Key Features of the Suction Unit

The electric battery-powered suction unit is a vital tool for airway management. Here are some key features to keep in mind:

  • Portability: The unit is not permanently fixed to the ambulance and can be easily detached for use in various locations.
  • Battery Monitoring: Regularly check the battery levels to avoid unexpected power depletion when needed.
  • Canister: The unit contains a canister for collecting fluids, blood, or liquids suctioned from the patient. It includes a disposable sleeve for clinical safety.
  • Suction Pipe: Ensure the suction pipe is securely in place to maximize suction efficiency.
  • Suction Area: The top of the canister houses the suction area, which connects to the catheter for effective suction.
  • Carrying Handle: Facilitates easy transport of the unit off the vehicle.
  • Release Button: Located behind the carrying handle, it releases the unit from the wall for removal.

Using the Suction Unit

Proper operation of the suction unit is crucial. Follow these steps:

  • Battery Check: Regularly inspect and test the battery levels to ensure it functions correctly.
  • Vacuum Adjustment: The unit allows you to adjust the vacuum level according to the situation. Use lower suction for children or delicate areas and higher suction for severe airway occlusions.
  • Power Controls: The unit features an on-off button for operation. Make sure it's functioning correctly.

Cleaning and Maintenance

After each use, follow these steps to maintain the suction unit:

  • Clean and Sterilize: Thoroughly clean and sterilize the unit, including pipes and buttons.
  • Restocking: Ensure the unit is restocked and ready for future use, including battery charging.

Remember that cleanliness and readiness are paramount in emergency situations.

Application Beyond Ambulances

Suction units are not exclusive to ambulances; various healthcare settings use them. While the units may differ, the procedures for maintenance and readiness remain the same. Hospitals, nursing homes, dental offices, and care facilities all adhere to these essential practices.