Taking aspirate samples from nasopharyngeal region is important for investigation purposes
The normal procedure is as below
- This procedure should be done before feeding so to reduce false organisms
- It is very important to make sure that there are resuscitation items like oxygen and bag and mask in case the child goes into apnea
- Now connect the device to the suction
The ideal suction used are as below
- Neonate 60 to 80 mm Hg
- Infants 80 to 100 mmHg
- Children 100 to 120mm Hg
- The child/ infant has to be lying down on the examination couch or can be lying on the parents lap.
- Extend the neck slightly (sniffing position)
- In tiny babies you can wrap them in a cloth to restrict hand movements
- Pass the suction catheter from nostril inwards to the pharynx without the suction being turned on.
- The suction should always be applied when drawing the tube outwards.
- The aim is to get 0.5 to 1 ml of secretions into the tube .
- You can add 5 ml of sterile normal saline to it
- Send the sample to the lab immediately for investigations after appropriate marking