Portable suction machine (1462)

Key points below

What is the suction machine for?

Secretions made by the lungs can collect in the airway and trach tube making it hard for your child to breathe.  The suction machine has a vacuum to help remove secretions.

How is it used?3 different suction machines

 Age  Acceptable pressure range
 Infants – Toddler  5-10 in Hg / 125-175 mmHg
 Child – Adult  10-15 in Hg / 175-225 mmHg

Troubleshooting problems at home

How do I clean the machine?

  1. Empty the contents of the jar into the toilet daily, or more often if needed.  
  2. Wash the jar in warm soapy water, and rinse with warm water daily.  
  3. Dry the jar with a clean towel.
  4. Follow the Deep Cleaning Guidelines from your DME company to deep clean the canister and lid.
  5. Replace disposable parts per your DME company’s recommendation.
  6. Wipe the base of the unit with a damp cloth to keep it clean and free of dust.

Special directions

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This sheet was created to help you care for your child or family member. It does not take the place of medical care. Talk with your healthcare provider for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up.


Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.