Medical Suction Regulators
Medical suction regulators are designed for a variety of uses. Medical facilities often have piped in suction or suction available through the headwall where you simply plug in the suction regulator then begin suctioning. Because there are different manufacturers of headwalls and different companies that make the box for those headwalls there are many different connectors. You must have the right "back fitting" to enable you to connect your suction regulator to the headwall. There are also a variety of outlet fittings. Additionally there are also mobile and portable suction pumps which have their own built in suction regulation.
Generally speaking thicker fluids require higher suction settings and thinner fluids or working with more sensitive tissue require lower settings essentially less suction. It is a balance between what is needed to draw the fuilds offset by the need to protect te tissue involved.
The suction device is a durable design and is designed to be protected by the suction canister float valve which is supposed to close off the canister at about 85% capacity and hydrophobic filter designed to prevent fluids from moving up the suction line. However these are mass produced products and do not always function as planned. Any fluids moving past the safe guards will contaminate the suction regulator which then must be de-contaminated by your staff.
Within the category of wall mounted suction regulators used in the headwall designed you have a selection of continuous, intermittent, high vacuum, surgical and specialized areas such as pediatric or neonatal.
Continuous models are designed to deliver constant vacuum for general surgery applications.
Continuous and intermitent models support abroad variety of applications. The constant mode is designed for use with the patients airway while the intermittent mode is used for drainage procedures.
Surgical Continuous models are designed with two operational modes 0-333 mm Hg and a full line unregulated vacuum mode.
High vacuum models are designed for applications requiring constant vacuum in excess of 300 mm Hg.
Pediatric continuous models are designed for constant vacuum applications and general procedures on pediatric patients.
Pediatric continuous and intermittent models support suction used in airway procedures and the intermittent function served the drainage applications.
Low vacuum continuous models are used for neonatal applications.
Intermittent models can only do intermittent suction applications. These are used where health professionals want a model that will not do constant levels of vacuum.