Oral Suctioning


Our Oral Suction training course gives delegates the skills, knowledge and understanding to carry out oral suctioning on patients and service users in their care. The main purpose of oral suctioning is to help maintain a good airway, improving oxygen flow by removing and build-up of secretions such as vomit or mucous.  

Our practical and theoretical course in Oral Suction Training will not only equip delegates with the knowledge they need to carry out the practice but will also provide them with an understanding of the legal and professional implications related to oral suctioning. The course will cover a wide variety of modules to ensure delegates gain a comprehensive understanding of the subject area; these modules will explain what oral suctioning is, why and how it is used, the anatomy of the airway, and more.

The Oral Suction training course is designed for registered nurses, healthcare professionals, and support workers working in areas where oral suctioning is required. The course is delivered by our expert healthcare educators. We ensure that all content is up to date and in line with current best practices. In addition to this, we are able to suit the specific needs of your organisation and service users with fully  bespoke content and activities.


Half Day

Our Oral Suction training course lasts approximately half a day depending on the needs and requirements of your organisation.


  • What is oral suctioning?
  • When is oral suctioning indicated?
  • Contraindications to oral suctioning
  • Adverse effects of oral suctioning
  • Anatomy & physiology of the upper airway
  • Checks required before oral suctioning
  • Applications of oral suctioning
  • Areas to monitor post oral suctioning
  • Disposal and cleaning of used equipment
  • Documentation
  • Reporting and dealing with faulty equipment

We are also able to design a bespoke course syllabus to include nasal suctioning, ‘deep’ suctioning and nasopharyngeal suctioning should you require it.

Guardian Angels Training will provide the necessary competency proformas required to ensure safe and evidenced-based clinical practice following completion of the Oral Suction training course. This will then allow the Registered Provider to ensure mandatory competency assessments are completed within the workplace by a nominated mentor/supervisor.

Should you need further advice regarding competency assessments, or if you would like one of our Registered Nurse Trainers to provide onsite competency assessments then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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