Medical Suction and Fluid Waste Management: Risks and How to Mitigate Them

Medical Suction and Fluid Waste

Medical suction and fluid waste management

Medical suction & fluid waste management have rapidly evolved over the last decades and have become integral to patient care. Their uses are manifold, for example clearing airways and draining fluids during surgery, or resuscitating critically ill patients. This is a summary, based on the JCI white paper “Medical Suction & Fluid Waste Management,” that provides a high-level overview of the risks associated with medical suction & fluid waste management systems and provides recommendations to both caregivers and purchasers.

Medical suction systems rely on the concerted action of multiple components to achieve therapeutic function. They consist primarily of three components: the vacuum source (i.e. electronic pump or vacuum regulator), reusable jars or disposable liners (e.g. Medela DCS solutions), and the suction tubing that connects all the components. Tight monitoring of the safe use of the entire system, and especially the power of the vacuum, is crucial to ensure patient safety.

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