[WATCH] How to do a Nasopharyngeal Suctioning
Determine need for suctioning. Administer pain medication before suctioning to postoperative patient.
Explain procedure to patient.
Perform hand hygiene.
Adjust bed to comfortable working position. Lower side rail closet to you. Place patient in a semi-Fowler’s position if he or she is conscious. An unconscious patient should be placed in the lateral position facing you.
Place towel or waterproof pad across patient’s chest.
Turn suction to appropriate pressure.