Safe Practice of Suctioning

Guardian Angels
Delivery Method: Face-to-face

An Understanding of Suctioning

Course overview:

The "An Understanding Suctioning Techniques and Practices" is a comprehensive program designed to equip healthcare professionals, including nurses, respiratory therapists, and medical assistants, with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to perform effective and safe suctioning procedures. Suctioning is a critical intervention for patients with compromised airways, excessive secretions, or respiratory difficulties. This course combines interactive classroom instruction with hands-on training to ensure participants are proficient in suctioning techniques while prioritizing patient comfort, safety, and well-being.

Course duration:

1 day (6 Hours)

Course content:

  • Types of suctioning
  • Indications and contraindications for suctioning
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Risks and benefits
  • Checks, safeguards, and precautions
  • Monitoring, escalation, and the individual's healthcare plan and prescription, aligning care with the unique needs of the patient
  • Effective handover, communication, and record keeping

Course objectives:

  1. Respiratory Anatomy and Physiology:
    • Explain the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system, emphasizing the importance of clear airways.
    • Outline the factors that can lead to airway obstruction.
  2. Indications for Suctioning:
    • Identify clinical indications and scenarios where suctioning procedures are necessary.
    • Develop skills in assessing patients to determine the need for suctioning interventions.
  3. Types of Suctioning:
    • Describe various types of suctioning techniques, including oral, nasal, oropharyngeal, nasopharyngeal, and tracheal suctioning.
    • Summarise when and why each technique is appropriate.
  4. Equipment and Suction Devices:
    • Familiarise participants with the equipment and suction devices used for different types of suctioning.
    • Practice how to assemble, operate, and maintain suction equipment effectively.
  5. Suctioning Procedures:
    • Practice the correct techniques for performing oral, nasopharyngeal, and endotracheal suctioning.
    • Emphasise the importance of patient positioning, infection control, and safety measures during suctioning.
  6. Monitoring and Assessment:
    • Develop the skills to monitor patients during and after suctioning procedures.
    • Recognise early signs of complications and respond promptly to ensure patient safety.
  7. Patient Education and Communication:
    • Enhance communication skills to explain suctioning procedures to patients and their caregivers.
    • Educate patients on what to expect and how to participate in their care.
  8. Documentation and Reporting:
    • Stress the importance of accurate and timely documentation of suctioning procedures, patient responses, and complications.
    • Provide templates and guidelines for maintaining clear records.
  9. Complications and Troubleshooting:
    • Recognise common complications related to suctioning, such as trauma, bleeding, and hypoxia.
    • Develop problem-solving skills to address these complications effectively.
  10. Infection Control and Safety:
    • Emphasise infection control measures related to suctioning procedures, including equipment cleaning and hand hygiene.
    • Promote safety protocols to minimize risks during suctioning.
  11. Legal and Ethical Considerations:
    • Discuss legal and ethical aspects of suctioning, including informed consent, patient rights, and respecting patient choices.

Course features:

  • Interactive Classroom Sessions: Engaging classroom instruction led by experienced healthcare educators to facilitate understanding and skill development.
  • Practical Demonstrations: Hands-on, live demonstrations.
  • Skills Practice: Opportunities for participants to practice relevant procedures under the guidance of instructors.
  • Scenario-Based Training: Real-life scenarios and case studies to enhance problem-solving skills.
  • Question and Answer Sessions: Interactive discussions and Q&A sessions to address participant inquiries and concerns.
  • Peer Learning: Collaborative learning among participants, allowing for the exchange of experiences and insights.
  • Safety Protocols: Emphasis on safety protocols, infection control measures, and adherence to healthcare guidelines.
  • Blended Learning: All of our face-to-face training courses utilise the “Blended Learning teaching approach that combines traditional in-person classroom teaching with online digital learning activities. This aims to leverage the strengths of both face-to-face and online learning to create a more effective educational experience which promotes safe and confident practice.

Target audience:

  • Healthcare professionals
  • Health and social care professionals
  • Allied Healthcare professionals
  • School and Education professionals

Assessment and Certification:

Participants will complete a number of assessments to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding, these typically consist of written assessments, practical demonstrations, and scenario-based assessments.

On successful completion of the course, participants will be awarded with a certificate to evidence their participation.


This course overview is a general guideline and can be customised to suit specific local requirements and preferences, therefore, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your requirements prior to making a booking.

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