Ear, Nose and Throat Suction

What Is It

Ear, nose and throat (oropharyngeal, tracheal, and endotracheal) suction are methods of clearing secretions by the application of negative pressure via either a yankauer sucker (oropharyngeal) or an appropriately sized tracheal suction catheter (tracheal/endotracheal). This procedure may be required in an emergency situation or as part of a patient’s planned care.

The nasopharynx is the most cephalad portion of the pharynx. It extends from the base of the skull to the upper surface of the soft palate. It includes the space between the internal nares and the soft palate and lies superior to the oral cavity. The pharyngeal tonsils, more commonly referred to as the adenoids, are lymphoid tissue structures located in the posterior wall of the nasopharynx. The nasopharynx, oropharynx, and laryngopharynx can be seen clearly in this sagittal section of the head and neck. Polyps or mucus can obstruct the nasopharynx, as can congestion due to an upper respiratory infection.


Which Pump Is Needed

We recommend the Basic suction pump.