Suction regulators play a vital part in medical management, from removing hemorrhages in an emergency to maintaining an appropriate vacuum for gastrointestinal secretions, appearing in nearly every patient care area of the hospital. They convert the facility’s central gas system to a reduced level that is safe for patient use, limiting the total pressure generated by the primary vacuum system to a level appropriate for surgical applications and waste gas disposal. Regulators are essential to nearly all patient care areas of the hospital: operating rooms, intensive care units, emergency rooms, recovery rooms, and coronary units. Imperative uses include, but are not limited to, managing the removal of secretions, controlling tracheal suction, and regulating GI suction.
The choice between intermittent, continuous, and full line suction depends on the application.
– Continuous suction offers consistent suctioning at high flow. Example uses include removing gastric secretions from the stomach through an NG tube or emptying the oral cavity.
– Intermittent suction is used to prevent the tube from adhering to the tissue. Gastrointestinal suctioning uses the intermittent setting whenever a cycle of on/off suction is needed.
– Full line suction provides a full wall-line vacuum, usually greater than 500 mm Hg. Full line suction is used whenever maximum suction is required, such as in an emergency, to remove a significant hemorrhage, or in a resuscitation effort.
Suction regulators can also be used to reduce contamination and clear surgical vision. Surgical smoke is evacuated with the assistance of suction regulators, which directs contaminates through the surgical suction outlet.
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