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How to care for closed suction catheter?
A closed suction catheter is a device used to remove respiratory secretions, typically used in patients who require mechanical ventilation or are unable to cough autonomously. The following are the nursing steps for a closed suction tube:
Wash hands and wear gloves.
Prepare the necessary nursing supplies, including a sputum aspirator, saline solution, clean towels, and cleaning agents.
Place the patient in an appropriate position, such as a semi seated or lateral position, for suctioning.
Check if the suction tube is intact and ensure that the connection is tight.
Rinse the suction tube with physiological saline to ensure patency.
Insert the sputum aspirator into the patient's tracheal intubation or tracheostomy opening, being careful not to over insert.
Use a sputum aspirator to aspirate respiratory secretions while observing the patient's response.
Rinse the suction tube with physiological saline before and after each suction to maintain cleanliness.
After completing the suction, clean the suction cup with a cleaning agent, thoroughly rinse and air dry.
Reposition the patient to a comfortable position and ensure their respiratory tract is unobstructed.
Record the time, frequency, and any observed abnormalities of sputum suction.
Please note that the specific care steps for sealed suction tubes may vary depending on the patient's specific situation. It is best to consult medical staff for detailed guidance before performing closed suction tube care.
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