Connected Care Quick Hits Volume 2

Connected Care Quick Hits are up to date and evidence based recommendations for the care of children with medical complexity & technology dependence, from hospital to home.


This Week's Practice Alert!

SITUATION:

This Quick hit alert was identified by a family caregiver in the home setting. It was identified that the pressure gauge of the suction machine (portable or standing) should be checked every time a child is suctioned. Dials and settings on suction machines (older and newer types) can change or “slip” between uses resulting in inadequate suction power.

RECOMMENDATION:

Be sure to check the suction pressure at the start of your shift as part of your initial safety check, as well as every time you use the suction machine on a shift. Optimal suction pressure for children/youth requiring any kind of airway suctioning (tracheal, oral or nasopharyngeal) is usually between 80-120mmHg. Be sure to ask what the machine should be set at for the child you are caring for and what helps to keep the child comfortable during the procedure.

QuickHitTomasz Czarny