Bronchial Hygiene Therapy: Equipment and Techniques for Airway Suctioning

About the Course:
This intermediate level course provides a comprehensive presentation of the equipment and techniques used for airway suctioning for respiratory therapists. The indications,  contraindications, hazards and complications of suctioning are discussed.  Patient assessments before and after the procedure is also presented. A detailed coverage is provided for the suctioning equipment, types of suction catheters, suctioning procedure, open suctioning and closed suctioning.  Clinical case study is used to reinforce attainment of learning concepts. Pre-test and post-test questions are used to assess learning outcomes. A list of references is provided as a guide for additional reading.
Learning Objectives
  • Compare and contrast open (conventional) and closed suctioning techniques utilized in bronchial hygiene therapy.
  • List and describe the following relative to suctioning: indications, absolute contraindications, relative contraindications, hazards/complications, and prevention of hazards and complications.
  • List methods of needs and outcomes assessment to include monitoring techniques and verification of patient improvement post suctioning.
  • Describe the types and uses of suctioning equipment and supplies to include different types of suction catheters.
  • Distinguish the best type of bronchial hygiene device and technique for suctioning based on patient condition.
About the Author
Cindy A. Smith, MSRC, RRT-NPS, received an Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy degree in 1982 from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences – College of Health Related Professions and a master’s degree from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas in 2004. Ms. Smith has experience as a staff therapist, supervisor, and educator. She was the Respiratory Care Program Director at Black River Technical College in Pocahontas, Arkansas, for 13 years, served as the Fulton County Tobacco Control Coordinator for 3 years, and has served as the Respiratory Care Program Director at Missouri State University–West Plains since 2010. She has practiced and taught bronchial hygiene techniques for over 30 years. Ms. Smith is also a clinical skills expert for Elsevier.
How to receive credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 2-hour commitment of time.
  • Depending on your state requirements you will be asked to complete:
  • A mandatory test (a passing score of 75 percent is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and
  • payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Course Evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.
Resolution of Conflict of Interest
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Disclaimer: The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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