A closed suction catheter
is a medical device used to remove secretions and debris from a patient's airway. It has several advantages over traditional open suction catheters, including:
Reduced risk of infection: Closed suction catheters are designed to prevent the introduction of infectious agents into the patient's airway during suctioning. This can reduce the risk of infections such as pneumonia.
Reduced exposure to oxygen desaturation: Closed suction catheters allow for suctioning to be performed quickly and efficiently, which reduces the patient's exposure to oxygen desaturation (low oxygen levels).
Increased patient comfort: Closed suction catheters are designed to be gentle and minimally invasive, which can increase patient comfort and reduce the risk of trauma to the airway.
Time savings: Closed suction catheters can save time by reducing the need for multiple suction attempts and minimizing the need for equipment changes during suctioning.
Cost savings: Closed suction catheters can reduce the need for additional staff to perform suctioning and can reduce the need for additional equipment, which can result in cost savings for healthcare providers.