How to Use a Straight Catheter to Suction Your Child’s Trach

This video demonstrates how to suction a patient’s tracheostomy using a straight catheter. Topics include assessing the patient for suctioning needs, understanding trach length and catheter depth, gathering supplies, suctioning the patient, clearing the catheter, and when to call your doctor.

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