Now sometimes when we're suctioning a patient in this fashion, you can imagine there are
potential complications that can arise. Now anytime you suction a patient, you can imagine
this definitely can make it hard for the patient to breathe, so make sure you note this. Also,
anytime that we insert a tube for example inside a patient, we can cause trauma, we can
cause bleeding so make sure you're careful with this. And lastly, the patient definitely can
aspirate. Now think about we're withdrawing that suction catheter, if we're not careful the
patient can also aspirate on any of the secretions from that catheter. Now let's take a
couple of minutes to talk about some things really to help you out and to be successful.
Now, take your time here, make sure your area is fully prepared. Remember, this is a sterile
procedure so you need to be conscientious of this. Now again, if the patient's conscious,
have them help you. Sometimes tilting their head back to expose their nostril will definitely
help. Also, remember guys you are suctioning a patient's respiratory airway. This really
needs to have breaks the patient themselves, they definitely are going to need some breaks
between each pass if you have to suction multiple times. Now lastly, anything we're suckin'
out, we definitely need to say "Hey, let's document how thick it is, what does it look like,
what's the consistency, and we need to document the characteristics in our electronic