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Any Nurses, what was this?

(3 Posts)
TheEmmaDilemma Wed 19-Oct-16 18:11:00

Ok, this is a strange question.

Around 20 years ago I had very severe Pneumonia. I ended up being bluelighted into hospital and ended up in A&E. Drips in neck, ankles and wrists with veins collapsing the lot.

I was put in an induced coma and intubated with a breathing tube.

When I was eventually taken out of the coma, I had a piece of equipment that was used to help me clear the plem(?) out of my tube. They gave this to me and I did it myself as needed and have to save it for testing.

That time is a little bleary due to the morphine I was on, but I remember it was a tube with a plastic bag on the outside (like a peperami skin for want of a better description). I somehow attached this to the tube and used it myself.

Can anyone tell me what this was called?

missyB1 Wed 19-Oct-16 18:16:04

Yes it was probably a suction tube, sometimes called suction catheters or Yanker suckers.

TheEmmaDilemma Wed 19-Oct-16 18:25:40

Thank you Missy! I was googling for ages and I couldn't find anything that looked similar, but this does:

www.pocketnurse.com/07-26-3110N.jpg

Don't know why I needed to know so much, it was bugging me due a flashback I had last night.

Much appreciated.

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