If you have trouble controlling oral or pulmonary secretions or if you have trouble swallowing, your physician may prescribe a suction pump for you. Suction pumps can be used with an oral mouthpiece called a Yankauer.
Suction pumps are also used with suction catheters to help maintain good pulmonary hygiene for patients with a tracheostomy tube. Endotracheal suctioning is an essential skill for any person caring for a person with a tracheostomy tube. Respiratory Quality Services can provide both portable and stationary suction pumps with an order from your physician. Our therapists are experts in training caregivers on suction technique!