Respiratory Therapy: Bronchial Hygiene Therapy: Equipment and Techniques for Airway Suctioning

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About Course #V7288

Release Date: December 27, 2017

Expiration Date: December 14, 2020

This intermediate level course presents the equipment and techniques used by respiratory therapists for airway suctioning. The indications, contraindications, hazards and complications of suctioning are discussed, along with patient assessments before and after the procedure. Detailed information is provided on types of suction catheters, suctioning procedure, open suctioning and closed suctioning. A clinical case study is included to reinforce learning concepts, and pre- and post-test questions are used to assess learning outcomes. A list of references is provided as a guide for additional reading.

Course Objectives

  • Compare and contrast open (conventional) and closed suctioning techniques utilized in bronchial hygiene therapy.
  • List and describe the following relative to suctioning: indications, absolute contraindications, relative contraindications, hazards/complications, and prevention of hazards and complications.
  • List methods of needs and outcomes assessment to include monitoring techniques and verification of patient improvement post suctioning.
  • Describe the types and uses of suctioning equipment and supplies to include different types of suction catheters.
  • Distinguish the best type of bronchial hygiene device and technique for suctioning based on patient condition.

About the Author

Cindy A. Smith, MSRC, RRT-NPS, received an Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy degree in 1982 from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences - College of Health Related Professions and a master's degree from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas in 2004. Ms. Smith has experience as a staff therapist, supervisor, and educator. She was the Respiratory Care Program Director at Black River Technical College in Pocahontas, Arkansas, for 13 years, served as the Fulton County Tobacco Control Coordinator for 3 years, and has served as the Respiratory Care Program Director at Missouri State University-West Plains since 2010. She has practiced and taught bronchial hygiene techniques for over 30 years. Ms. Smith is also a clinical skills expert for Elsevier.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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