Understanding Suctioning Techniques and Practices Training Course


Course Overview:

The "Understanding Suctioning Techniques and Practices" course is meticulously designed to provide healthcare professionals with comprehensive knowledge and practical skills related to suctioning procedures. This course equips participants with an in-depth understanding of the indications, techniques, equipment, and patient considerations for safe and effective suctioning. This course aims to enhance the quality of respiratory care and suctioning procedures by emphasising evidence-based practices, infection prevention, and patient-centred care.


Course Duration:

  • 1 day (6 Hours)


Course Content:

  • Outline the Indications and Contraindications of Suctioning.
  • List the Relevant Anatomy and Physiology.
  • Explain the Risks and Benefits of Suctioning.
  • Describe the Checks, Safeguards, and Precautions Relevant to the Procedure and Equipment.
  • Outline Monitoring of the Individual.
  • Explain the Importance of Following the Individual’s Health Care Plan and Prescription.
  • Practice Suctioning in Simulation.
  • Describe the Importance of Handover, Communication, and Record Keeping.

* Includes: Oral, Nasal, Nasopharyngeal & Oropharyngeal Suctioning


Course Objectives:

  • Comprehend Suctioning Fundamentals: Understand the importance of suctioning, indications for the procedure, and its role in airway management.
  • Master Suctioning Techniques: Develop proficiency in various suctioning methods, equipment usage, and adapting techniques for different patient populations.
  • Ensure Patient Safety: Learn strategies to ensure patient safety, comfort, and minimize the risk of complications during suctioning procedures.
  • Implement Infection Control Measures: Understand proper infection control practices to prevent cross-contamination and maintain a sterile environment during suctioning.
  • Assess Patient Needs: Develop skills to assess patients' respiratory status, identify signs of airway obstruction, and determine the need for suctioning.


Course Assessment:

Participant proficiency will be assessed through:

  • Quizzes and assignments measuring theoretical understanding.
  • Practical assessments of suctioning techniques and infection control measures.
  • Participation in case discussions and scenario-based exercises.
  • A final assessment covering all aspects of suctioning techniques and practices.