Naso and Oropharyngeal Suction

Suction Levels for Patients

1. Excerpt from American Association of Respiratory Care 2010 published Guidelines Endotracheal Suctioning of Mechanically Ventilated Patients with Artificial Airways; Section 2.3
Endotracheal suctioning of mechanically ventilated patients with artificial airways:
–80–100mmHg 11–13 kPa neonates
–150 mmHg or less 20 kPa adults


2. Adult and Paediatric oral/nasal-pharyngeal suctioning, Guidelines April 08, Royal Free Hamstead NHS Trust
Oral pharyngeal suctioning:
–60 to –100 mmHg 8 to 13 kPa neonates
–120 mmHg, –115 mmHg


3. Endacott, Jevon & Cooper: Clinical Nursing Skills Core and Advanced, 7.6 Oropharyngeal, tracheal, and endotracheal suctioning Oropharyngeal, tracheal and endotracheal suctioning:
–120 mmHg 16 kPa3
“In practice, it is sometimes necessary to apply higher
levels of negative pressure to clear thick, tenacious
secretions...”


4. Suctioning newborns, Susan Blatz, Canadian Family Physician, Vol. 38, Aug 1992
Oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal suctioning:
150 mmHg  20kPa


Which Pump Is Needed

We recommend the Basic suction pump.