Jason Hautala RN
6″ or until you meet resistance. If you are going to be doing it frequently, stick it down until you meet resistance, note how far down that is, and then from that point on, go just shy of that mark so it goes as deep as it can without hitting anything.
Suck on the way out, no more than 10 seconds. Let the patient catch his breath between suctionings.
Most important, don’t stand in front of trach … when they cough, and they will, the spray zone is a dangerous place to be standing, so come at it from the side.