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Suctioning Practices for Physiotherapists - What Does the Evidence Say?

Suctioning Practices for Physiotherapists - What Does the Evidence Say?

Suctioning Practices for Physiotherapists - What Does the Evidence Say?

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This course was recorded in November 2022


Airway suctioning is an important yet invasive healthcare treatment technique used to clear secretions in individuals with pulmonary compromise. It involves the insertion of a flexible suction catheter into an individual’s oropharynx, nasopharynx, or trachea, followed by the application of negative pressure during catheter withdrawal to remove substances from the airway.

Suctioning can be performed directly through the nose or mouth or using an artificial airway, such as an endotracheal tube (ETT), a tracheostomy tube, a nasopharyngeal airway or an oral airway.

Over the past three decades, multiple systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines for suctioning have been published.

Despite this body of literature, ongoing gaps exist pertaining to the optimal performance of suctioning with both intubated and non-intubated adults.


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this online course participants will be able to:

  • Describe the suctioning practices of physiotherapists.
  • Implement evidence-based recommendations for suctioning adults into their clinical practice. 


Overview of Content:

  • Background
  • Suctioning practices
  • Examining the evidence
  • Implications for practice
  • Discussion and questions
The instructors
Canadian Physiotherapy Association

As the vital partner for the profession, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) leads, advocates, and inspires excellence and innovation to promote health. CPA’s goal is to provide exceptional service, valuable information and connections to the profession of physiotherapy, across Canada and around the world.

Cardiorespiratory Division

The Cardiorespiratory Division (CRD) unites physiotherapists with a special interest in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy. We provide a valuable forum for our members to share information relevant to working with clients across the lifespan and in all areas of cardiorespiratory.

To facilitate knowledge sharing and encourage networking, we produce our newsletter, the Gas Exchange, three times per year and relay information on job opportunities, online resources, courses and other educational events.

Course Material included in this course
  • Suctioning Practices for Physiotherapists - What Does the Evidence Say?
  • Welcome!
  • Slides
  • Introduction
  • Types of Suctioning, Settings, and Health Care Professionals
  • Indications for Suctioning
  • Contraindictions for Suctioning
  • Potential Complications
  • Pain and Distress with Suctioning
  • Suctioning Practices
  • Surveys of Practice for Health Care Professional Who Perform Suctioning
  • Examining the Evidence
  • What Do Patients and Caregivers Value?
  • Implications for Practice
  • Questions
  • Feedback

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