You are caring for a patient with a tracheostomy in situwho requires frequent suctioning. How long should you suction for?
If you preoxygenate the patient, you can insert the catheter for 45 seconds.
Never insert the catheter for longer than 10-15 seconds.
Monitor the patient’s oxygen saturations and suction for 30 seconds
Suction for 50 seconds and send a specimen to the laboratory if the secretions are purulent