What is a manual suction pump?
Manual suction pump is a simple device used to remove fluid or air from a person’s body cavity or wound. It is operated by hand, using a plunger or similar mechanism to create a vacuum that draws out the fluid or air.
Manual suction pumps are often used in medical settings, such as hospitals and clinics, and are particularly useful in emergency situations where there may not be access to electrical power or other more advanced medical equipment. They can be used to remove excess fluid from the lungs or stomach, to clear secretions from the airway, or to evacuate a wound.
Manual suction pumps are relatively inexpensive, easy to use, and portable, making them a valuable tool for healthcare providers in many different settings. However, they may not be as efficient or effective as more advanced suction devices, and they require a certain amount of skill and training to use properly.
How do you use manual suction pump?
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and put on gloves and other personal protective equipment, as needed.
- Assemble the suction pump according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Open the container or package that holds the sterile suction catheter.
- Prepare the suction catheter by attaching it to the suction pump and adjusting the suction level to the appropriate setting.
- Position the patient appropriately, depending on the type of suctioning being performed. For example, if you are suctioning the mouth or throat, position the patient in a semi-sitting position.
- Use the sterile suction catheter to gently insert it into the patient’s mouth, nose, or wound, depending on the situation.
- Create suction by using the plunger or other mechanism on the suction pump to draw fluid or air out of the patient’s body cavity or wound.
- Remove the suction catheter from the patient’s body and turn off the suction pump when you have removed as much fluid or air as necessary.
- Dispose of the suction catheter and any other used materials properly, according to your facility’s policies and procedures.
- Wash your hands again thoroughly with soap and water.
It’s important to note that these are general guidelines for using a manual suction pump, and specific instructions may vary depending on the type of device and the situation. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and any training or guidance provided by your healthcare facility.