level that provides adequate suction
to meet the surgeon’s needs and
not put the patient at risk for injury.
Too much suction could cause
injury to delicate tissue or could
remove fluid from a joint capsule
during an arthroscopic procedure
too quickly. Too little suction could
result in poor visualization of the
surgical field for the surgeon.
What are common
errors when it comes to
choosing suction devices?
Samudio: Most errors happen when
• Not aware of different options on
• Not being aware of specifications needed to install equipment
(water, drain and electrical requirements)
• Not fully understanding cost of
How can surgical teams
make sure they are using
the equipment correctly?
Engstrom: Choosing the proper type
of equipment in a surgical setting
is accomplished by the facility and
many times by a committee – ideally
with clinical input. To help ensure
staff is operating equipment safely,
the facility is generally responsible
for providing proper training. The
healthcare vendor is usually the
person who will arrange training as
new equipment is introduced to the
Additionally, it is important that
surgeons and their staff take advantage of education opportunities to
help them perform at the top of their
Samudio: Surgical teams should
be fully trained and in-serviced with
opportunity for return demonstration
prior to implementation. They should
also keep Instructions for Use readily available and contact representatives and/or clinical support when
“Too much suction
could cause injury to
delicate tissue or could
remove fluid from a
joint capsule during an
MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR,
Rather than rely on cabinet air temperature,
we meticulously test the fuids inside to
ensure accurate warming.
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