Bronchial Hygiene Therapy: Equipment and Techniques for Airways

About the Course:
This intermediate-level course is relevant for respiratory therapists who are new to clinical practice as well as those who have extensive clinical experience. It is important for therapists and nurses to be keep abreast of equipment designs or availability of more advanced bronchial hygiene devices as well as current best practices for airway suctioning based on the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Clinical Practice Guidelines (2022 CPGs; Blakeman et al., 2022). 
Learning Objectives
  • Explain the clinical goals of airway suctioning and the consequences of retained secretions. 
  • Define the clinical indications to perform airway suctioning.
  • Review the relative contraindications to nasotracheal suctioning.
  • Describe the complications and hazards associated with endotracheal suctioning.
  • Identify the benefits of pre-oxygenation during the suctioning process to minimize the chance of hypoxemia.  
  • Describe how to determine the correct suction catheter size to ensure success and minimize adverse effects.
  • Define the steps in the recommendation GRADE criteria germane to airway suctioning. 
  • Review the assessments to determine if suctioning has achieved outcome goals. 
  • Identify the different suction catheters available to perform suction with. 
  • Recognize an emergent suctioning situation and the different devices available to utilize. 
  • Describe the two different suctioning techniques for endotracheal suctioning.
About the Author
Kenneth Miller, MEd, MSRT, RRT-ACCS, RRT-NPS, AE-C, FAARC, has worked as a respiratory therapist for the past 48 years. He has worked as a staff therapist and clinical coordinator, and he is currently the educational coordinator of respiratory care services at Lehigh Valley Health Network. He has presented lectures locally, regionally, and nationally on the clinical management of patients with respiratory diseases. He was awarded the fellowship of the American Association of Respiratory Care in 2016. He has a passion for the treatment and clinical management of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. 
How to receive credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 1-hour commitment of time. 
  • After completion of the course, complete the final examination.  A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. 
  • Note to Nursing professionals: Depending on your state requirements, you will be asked to either affirm that you have completed the course, or you will be required to complete the Post-test included in the course.
  • 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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