- Obstruction of the airway (secondary to secretions, blood, or any other substance) in a patient who cannot maintain or keep the airway clear.
- Ensure suction device is in proper working order with suction tip in place.
- Preoxygenate the patient as is possible.
- Explain the procedure to the patient if they are coherent.
- Examine the oropharynx and remove any potential foreign bodies or material which may occlude the airway if dislodged by the suction device.
- If applicable, remove ventilation devices from the airway.
- Use the suction device for no more than 30 seconds to remove any secretions, blood, or other substance.
- The alert patient may assist with this procedure.
- Reattach ventilation device (e.g., bag-valve mask) and ventilate or assist the patient
- Record the time and result of the suctioning in the patient care report (PCR).